Dr Stephen Inwood was born in London in 1947, and was educated at Dulwich College and at Balliol and St Antony's College, Oxford. For twenty-six years he was a college and university history lecturer, but he became a professional writer in 1999, after the publication of A History of London. He is the author of Historic London: An Explorer's Companion. He also holds posts at Kingston University and at New York University in London. He lives in Richmond, west London, with his wife and three sons.