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I grew up on the Surrey-Sussex border, in the area commonly known as The Weald. I have had a strong passion for history and literature from an early age, and I carried this through my education at Lanesborough School and Cranleigh School.  I studied English Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London for my undergraduate degree, and achieved the highest final-year average in the process of being awarded First Class Honours. I then read for an MA in Medieval Studies at the same institution, which combined historical and literary study, and was again awarded the highest  average mark. I decided to continue my studies, winning an  Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarship to read  for a DPhil in Anglo-Saxon literature at Magdalen College,  Oxford. Whilst reading for my DPhil, I lectured at both Royal  Holloway and Oxford. After graduating in 2016, I decided to  pursue a career outside of conventional academia as a  freelance writer.

Chief amongst my current research activities is my first book, Basilisks and Beowulf, an examination of the role of monsters in Anglo-Saxon culture for Reaktion Books.

I live in a Victorian farmhouse in the Nottinghamshire countryside with my wife, Martina and infant son Jude, my cats, Humphrey, Fred and Matilda, and dogs, Diggory the Border Terrier and Wendy the rescued Podenco-Brittany cross. Aside from reading and writing, my great passions are exploring the countryside, visiting heritage sites, dog agility, sport and music.