Philip Newman was born in England in 1944. His father, both grandfathers, and paternal grandmother were all Welsh but he grew up, and was educated, in his mother's home town of Weymouth in Dorset. In 1960 he joined British European Airways as a craft apprentice at Heathrow and as an engineering student in Southall, Middlesex. East African Airways hired him in 1966 to take care of the maintenance of their Comet 4s and their new Super VC10 long range airliners in Nairobi, Kenya. He transferred to flight operations before returning to Heathrow where he was hired by British Airways Overseas Corporation as a Flight Engineer Officer. In 1978 he joined the Concorde flight operations team to serve as Senior Engineer Officer aboard the supersonic airliner, and as a Public Relations Officer for lecturers and special charter operations. In 1991 he took up permanent residence in San Francisco writing for aviation/travel periodicals about extended travels in the Southern Ocean, Antarctica, the Amazon and Orinoco rivers, Indonesia . . . In 2001 he left the USA and eventually settled on Koh Samui, Thailand, where he writes the Meira stories.