Originally from Slough, Richard Thorn studied Electronic Engineering at Bolton Institute of Technology before completing a Masters Degree and PhD at Bradford University. He then moved to Bergen before emigrating to Australia where he joined the University of South Australia. Since then he has been a Professor and Head of School at the University of Derby, Victoria University, Melbourne, and most recently the University of West London.
Now retired he writes on subjects that interest him. In 2017 he published a biography of Nevil Shute Shute - The engineer who became a prince of storytellers. His latest book When Cricket and Politics Collided deals with another of his lifelong obsessions - cricket.