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 retired in 2003 and he and his wife Philippa spent some years living in the beautiful Jalon Valley in Spain. In 2018 he returned to Britain and now lives in the Dorset town of Sherborne.
He used his retirement to go through a treasure trove of papers (diaries, letters, accounts and other ephemera) belonging to his eighteenth century ancestor Richard Hall. Richard was a hosier (in other words, he made silk stockings) living above the shop at Number One London Bridge and Mike wrote up his story as The Journal of a Georgian Gentleman, published by The Book Guild.
He was subsequently commissioned by Amberley to write illustrated introductions to life in Georgian Britain and in Regency Britain and has since been a regular author for Pen & Sword Books, with titles covering a whole range of 18th Century topics. He has written about shipwrecks, about piracy, and about castaways. He has written a number of books about sex and sexuality in the Georgian era as well as books about trailblazing men and women. Upcoming titles include The Dark History of Gin and another to be entitled Harlots and Whores, both with Pen & Sword, and The Grand Tour (to be published by the Bloomsbury Group).
Some of these projects have been spin-offs from the blogs which Mike writes on life in the Eighteenth Century. These are posted regularly 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 has given the keynote talk at Colonial Williamsburg at a week-long seminar, has given talks at Summer Schools and Museums in Britain and regularly gives talks on cruise ships around the world. He is always looking for new areas where he can share with others his love of all things Georgian!