Mick was born in Great Harwood, Lancashire in 1960. He now lives in Brighton. (That’s the really short version.)
He went to Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Blackburn … and studied Drama at Dartington College of Arts in Devon … was a singer in a band for several years and lived in London, before finally accepting that neither thing was doing him much good … moved to Cambridge, then Norwich where he studied Creative Writing under Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain … and after hearing about the eccentric 5th Duke of Portland, decided to write a novel about someone a little similar, but completely made-up.
He has published five books – The Underground Man … Five Boys (both of them novels) … Ten Sorry Tales … Bears of England (more akin to ‘folk tales’ or ‘curiosities’) … and The Widow’s Tale. He’s recently published three stories as an e-book, titled ‘Junior Science’ (the stories all have children as protagonists and all have something vaguely to do with science). He is currently working on his next novel … a couple of screenplays … and is the writer-in-residence at the Science Museum.
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