John Kay, writer and lecturer, was born in Park Royal, London and brought up in nearby Hammersmith. He attended a state grammar school in the West London suburbs, an area colloquially known as Metroland, made famous by the celebrated poet John Betjeman. After leaving school at eighteen, he began a career in banking, working for Barclays Bank in central London, a stones throw from the famed Portobello Market, fashionable South Kensington and up-market Chelsea.
After gaining an Honours degree in English Literature from the University of Reading, he later studied for a Master's at the University of Leicester. Having taught at a number of schools and colleges in the south of England, he retired early as Head of Department from one of the largest colleges in the country.
He has written ten full-length novels in the genres of political thriller, espionage, mystery and the supernatural. He has also written a romantic novella, 'Claudette', set in present-day Paris and the surrounding countryside. In addition, he has written two works of non-fiction, based on his observations of social and political developments in Britain over the last fifty years. John Kay now lives in a village near Bedford and writes full time as a novelist and political commentator.
Photo John Kay (right) by OliviaBea Photography 2019