The Author

David Batten-Hill was born in 1955, in New Mills, Derbyshire. After a grammar school education, he worked as a photographer/imaging technician, first with the local newspaper and then in the local hospital. He later took up a similar post at Manchester University Medical School. He subsequently gained a Dip SIAD (design and photography) at Hull College.

David began writing in the mid '80s, becoming the editor of 'Kit Car' magazine and its sister title, 'Classics and Replicas'. He was also a regular contributor, as both writer and photographer, to numerous motoring publications. After taking time out to gain an MSc in psychology, David returned to writing, working on a freelance basis for national magazines. His wife, Fiona, travelled and worked with him and later co-wrote 'Motorhomes: The Complete Guide', which was released by Robert Hale as a non-fiction hardback book in September 2009.

David is one of those unusual individuals who combine a deep technical knowledge with an artistic tendency. He lived near York for over 20 years. A dyed-in-the-wool car enthusiast, David also enjoys taking photographs, playing digital keyboards, and appreciating both classic and moden films. He is a keen target rifle marksman and archer.

Fiona and David now live in the Lake District, in a converted Victorian stable.

David's Favourites:-

Favourite Authors: C S Forester, Tom Sharpe, Martin Cruz Smith, Robin Cook, Bill Bryson, Spike Milligan.

Favourite Books: The General, The Hornblower series, The Throwback, Gorky Park, Coma, Made in America, Spike's war memoirs.

Favourite Films: Gorky Park, The Ladykillers, Layer Cake, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Blazing Saddles



© David Batten-Hill, 2014