I was born in Cornwall in 1948. I now live in London. My social origins are lower-middle class.

I worked as a community mental health advocate in a local charity for a number of years. I did mainly welfare rights and quite often represented clients at social security tribunals. I retired in 2013.

I am a recluse.

I was sexually abused as a child. I did not know I had been abused until my late thirties and early forties. I remembered the abusive events during a series of psychotic episodes.

In my fifties I was  diagnosed with complex post-traumatic stress disorder. Eventually I was referred to the Traumatic Stress Service at the Maudsley.

I believe that in my twenties and thirties I had borderline personality disorder. It was never diagnosed.