Mark Wallington was born in Swanage in Dorset in 1953. He worked for a while as a gardener in London before becoming a scriptwriter and travel journalist. In 1982 he walked the South West coastal path and his subsequent book, 500-Mile Walkies, became a bestseller. In 1992 his novel The Missing Postman was published and he wrote the script for the award-winning BBC television play starring James Bolam. He is much sought after as a film and television writer. He works from his home in the High Peak in Derbyshire and is married with two children.