Gordon Kerr was born and brought up in Scotland. After graduating from Glasgow University, he lived in France before working in the wine trade in London for 18 years. He then worked in bookselling and publishing before becoming a full-time writer. Since then, he has written more than 30 books. He has been visiting and travelling in Italy for more than 30 years. He has a wife and two children and lives in Hampshire and South-west France.