Following a talentless career at the UK Financial Services coal face (tax evasion seam), I became an independent scholar in 1996. My published works - as James McDermott - include 'Martin Frobisher: Elizabethan Privateer' (Yale University Press, 2001: winner of the Keith Matthews Prize for best book, 2001; shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography, 2001); 'The Third Voyage of Martin Frobisher to Baffin Island, 1578' (Hakluyt Society, 2001); 'England and the Spanish Armada, The Necessary Quarrel (Yale University Press, 2005); 'British Military Service Tribunals, 1916 - 1918: 'A very much abused body of men'' (Manchester University Press, 2011). Additionally, I was a contributing author to 'Meta Incognita: A Discourse of Discovery' (2 vols, Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1999). I have also provided articles to a number of academic journals, encyclopaedias and dictionaries of national biography, and I give occasional lectures to local history societies on 16th - 19th century politics, diplomacy, sexual mores and whatever else has a fighting chance of keeping them awake.
My first novel, 'The Peenemünde Deceptions', has been published by Pen & Sword's Claymore Press imprint (Spring 2013). A sequel, 'The Deaths of Berlin', has been completed, while the third and final novel in the series, 'A German Winter', is in preparation. A fantasy/adventure e-novel for young adults, 'Tuli in the Elsewhere', is currently available as a Kindle download, and remarkably good value it is, too.
I have an MPhil in 16th century history (1985), a PhD in 20th century history (2009), a 25-yard swimming certificate (breast-stroke, 1964) and a cycling proficiency badge (1965), and I treasure two of these. When not staring hopelessly at a computer screen I walk, punish myself in the gym, cook, read, listen to music (nothing earlier than the 12th century or later than CAN) and indulge a mediocre facility for photography. I'm also on permanent latrine detail for a semi-continent cat that refuses to abandon me.