This is the blog of Tim (T. E.) Taylor.
Originally from North Staffordshire, since 2001 Tim has lived in Meltham with his wife Rosa (his daughter Helen has just left for University). He divides his time between creative writing, academic research and part-time teaching and other work for Leeds and Huddersfield Universities.
Born in 1960 in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Tim grew up near Leek. He went to Newcastle-under-Lyme High School, then studied Classics at Pembroke College, Oxford. After graduating he moved to London and spent a couple of years playing guitar in a rock band. When it became clear that he was never going to be a rock star, he sadly knuckled down and joined the Civil Service, where he did a wide range of jobs before leaving in 2011 to spend more time writing. While still in the Civil Service Tim studied part time for a PhD in Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London, achieving it in 2007. He is now an honorary research fellow at the Interdisciplinary Ethics Applied Centre at the University of Leeds.
Tim has published two novels with Crooked Cat: Zeus of Ithome (a finalist in the 2014 Chaucer Awards for historical fiction) follows the struggle of the ancient Messenian people to free themselves from Sparta. His second, Revolution Day, is about an ageing dictator who is losing his grip as his vice-President plots against him. He has also published a non-fiction book, Knowing What is Good For You (Palgrave Macmillan 2012), on the philosophy of well-being. As well as books, Tim writes poetry, academic articles and the occasional short story. He also plays electric and acoustic guitar and a little piano, and like to walk up hills.