I was born and lived in Port Talbot, South Wales until I was 8. I lived in Bristol from (phone number hidden). I have a degree in English and History from the University of East Anglia. I worked in the London secondhand book trade for four years in the 1980s. I moved to the US in 1988. I have an MA in English from Clark University in Worcester, a PhD in English and a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of East Anglia. I lecture in the Hutton Honors College at Indiana University Bloomington. I have a three year old son named Jack. I read too (website hidden)'s may be my favorite secondhand bookshop in the US. I'm a big fan of horse racing, baseball, pro basketball, and what only the Americans call soccer.