His battles with the bottle, his impoverished childhood, and his years in the Royal Navy and Air Force have all helped contribute to this first novel.
Fifty years ago, there really was an orphanage for Polish refugees in Oxfordshire; the incident with Churchill's funeral train is based on fact. The characters are fictitious, but the immigrant sub-culture was real, including the loose character studies of the hard men that terrorised the capital's underworld.
The author lives in rural Ireland with his long-suffering wife, Zamzagul, and their dog, Flea-bag.
He is currently working on his second book.