According to the bio on his website: "Alex Gerlis was born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. He worked for the BBC as a journalist for nearly thirty years, starting out as a researcher on a three month contract on Panorama and ending his career there as Head of Training in the BBC College of Journalism.
He left the BBC in 2011 to concentrate on his writing, since when he has seen four of his novels published.
He lives in west London with his wife and has two daughters and two grandsons, even though he is obviously not old enough to be a grandfather.
Alex has all the usual hobbies and interests one expects and carries the burden of supporting Grimsby Town. He first saw them in February 1968 when they beat Bristol Rovers 3-2, not realising at the time that would be the high point of his supporting the Mariners.."