Brian W. Lavery was born in Glasgow's East End in 1959, the fourth of six sons of William, a sheet metal worker and Margaret, a shop assistant. He has been a university drop-out, factory worker, car valeter, market trader, waiter, Customs and Excise officer (very briefly) and is now a journalist, tutor and writer. After 25 years of various senior roles in national and regional journalism he returned to education. In 2011, he gained a first in English and Creative Writing. This book derives from a funded PhD at Hull University, where he also taught creative nonfiction.