He left school with no education to speak of and his handwriting is illegible to this day.
For the last twenty years he and his girlfriend have remained stubbornly unmarried and childless, together they have travelled the world, taking a chance at whatever came their way.
From the strictly legal, through the definitely dodgy to the downright life threatening, they have enjoyed success and failure in equal measure.
Now in his fifties his experiences have inspired him to turn his hand to novels.
Though his work is fiction, there will always be a little bit of truth in there.