Mick Foster worked as an economist, mostly in developing countries, but is now retired and spends his time travelling, playing drums in a jazz quartet, participating in amateur theatre - and writing. His first novel, 'Hamlet's Bastard' came out of the experience of directing Hamlet with his wife, Lynne. They found that they rather disliked the Prince, which led on to the idea of a novel that explores the back story to the famous play. The novel has a bit of fun by reflecting the unflattering views of the other characters on Hamlet himself, and on the author of the famous play - which in Mick's version is written as political spin to please the new King after almost everyone else ends up dead.
Mick is also working on a memoire, and on a collection of short stories set in the developing world, provisionally entitled 'Lives in Development.' Having started life as one of a family of five living in a one bedroom flat, he considers himself very fortunate to have benefitted from council housing, free University education, steadily improving living standards, and a BBC that once did more than read press releases. Mick lives in contented retirement with wife Lynne in Chelmsford, and keeps fit by going to the Gym, playing with grandchildren, and throwing things at the radio whenever John Humphries is on.