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Tim Heald was born in Dorchester, the Casterbridge of the Thomas Hardy novels, on January 28th 1944. His father was an Army officer so part of Tim's early years were spent following the flag in Malta, Austria and Canada. His formal education was at boarding schools at Bishop's
Lydeard, Somerset and Sherborne, Dorset before three years reading modern history at Balliol College, Oxford where he held a Galpin Scholarship
exclusive to those of Dorset stock.
Since starting his first magazine aged about ten he always wanted to write and first contributed to Punch while still at school and to the Spectator at university. He was then hired by Nicholas Tomalin for his Atticus column on the Sunday Times where he spent two years before a brief spell at Town Magazine and five years on the Daily Express. Since then it's been little but books and freelance journalism.
Twice married with four children by his first wife Tim now lives in beautiful Fowey Cornwall but travels widely, writes prolifically and has been known to speak after dinners and on the ships of the Cunard Line. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.