Born in Nairobi in 1959, Jim Parton was educated at Haileybury and St Andrews University, where he read French (but only for the two weeks before finals). After a short career in the City, he has been a freelance writer. For some years he ran the charity Families Need Fathers. His books include 'Unreasonable Behaviour', 'Let Me Entertain You' (for Robbie Williams) and 'Walking on Air' (for Trevor Jones). He is married, with two toddlers and twin babies. He and his wife live in Poland where they are restoring a small palace.