Tom Atkins was born in Sudbury, Suffolk but spent his young years in South East London before moving to Kent. He entered the printing industry in 1961, and his career included a spell as an elected member of the National Executive Council of S.O.G.A.T, the printing union. Tom was awarded a T.U.C scholarship course at Ruskin College, Oxford. He also served in a wide range of management positions in commercial and national newspapers leading to his own consultancy. Tom has travelled widely for work and pleasure and has often found himself in harm’s way with dangerous or hilarious results. His entire life is full of incidents. He lives in South-West France with his wife, Susan, their golden retriever Roly, and parrot Jody.