Mike was born in Bristol and read Law at Southampton University. After graduation he joined a Bristol law firm where he was a partner for thirty years.
He specialized in conveyancing and wrote a weekly legal advice column in the local press, as well as contributing to various journals and publications on legal issues connected with property ownership. He retired in 2003 and he and his wife Philippa now live a nomadic existence which takes them from the edge of Dartmoor in England to the Jalon Valley in Spain.
He is currently working on a novel, to be entitled One London Bridge, about a family living in London in the Georgian era. It is, says Mike, a gentle look at the underbelly of London life – with gigolos, mollies (the 18th century term for gays) and a smattering of sibling rivalry thrown in for good measure.
He expects to bring out two further books, one on Entertainment in Georgian England and the other on the Top Twenty Tourist Attractions in London in the 1780’s. He is also considering a book to accompany a walk through the areas of Georgian London associated with his ancestor Richard Hall – from Southwark Cathedral to London Bridge, from St Pauls to the Tower of London. All of these places were mentioned in the diaries of Mike’s ancestor. Mike regards himself as the custodian of a vast array of family papers which have somehow survived through the centuries, and it is his ambition to bring as much of it as possible into the public arena. More books on specific topics will follow – as time permits.
Some of these projects will be spin-offs from the blogs which Mike writes on life in the Eighteenth Century. These are posted two or three times a week and cover everything from fashions to foods, from caricatures to inventions, and from famous trials to notable individuals.
He also speaks regularly on 18th century-related topics, both in Spain and in England, to History Societies, Genealogical Groups, Colleges, Women’s Institutes and Probus Groups. He is always looking for new areas where he can share with others his love of all things Georgian!