About Andrew

Andrew is an author of children’s fiction and military & local history non-fiction books.

He grew up in the Cornish town of Saltash and spent all of his childhood there. With Brunel’s historic Royal Albert Bridge, Trematon Castle and close links to the city of Plymouth, which was bombed extensively during the Second World War (a subject he is passionate about), it is hardly surprising that he had an interest in history from an early age. Andrew enjoyed school, in particular the subjects of History, Geography, PE and topic work, and later attended the University of Plymouth, leaving with a BA(Hons) degree.

Brunel’s Royal Albert Bridge, opened in 1859.
The bombed ruins of Charles Church in Plymouth now stands as a memorial.

Andrew trained as a teacher and taught in West Sussex and the middle eastern country of Qatar, before moving to Somerset in 2013. After the birth of his first son in 2015, he began writing, and his first children’s picture book, James and the Dragon, gained interest from a publisher that summer. This was the spark his writing needed, and he set about writing his first military non-fiction book, The West Country’s Last Line of Defence: Taunton Stop Line. Taking 18 months of research, the book looked at a series of Second World War defences across the South-West of England and both of these titles were published early 2017.

Overlooking the D-Day landing beach of Omaha, Normandy.

Since then Andrew hasn’t stopped writing, with Somerset’s Military Heritage and James and the Ogre being released in 2018, followed by 50 Gems of Somerset and Historic England: Somerset in 2019, with more projects lined up!

Andrew is an avid football fan who loves travelling and exploring places, both new and old. He lives in Somerset with his wife and two young sons.

Andrew’s biggest inspiration and his harshest critic!
Andrew with the late Lord Ashdown at a book event in October 2018.
Radio interview with BBC Radio Bristol’s Steve Yabsley in 2018.