Jeff Hopkins (1950) is a retired schoolteacher. He lives in Western Australia with his black Labrador dog, Sammy. As the drama master at a private boys' school he wrote eleven original musical plays and produced and directed them at the school. In 1992, he researched and wrote a family history, Life's Race Well Run, and since retiring in 2006 he has written eleven novels: - Artifice (2015) - Gnarl (2015) - The Spiv: The Robbie Sparrow Story (2015) - Impressment (2015) - Benedict Lovelace and the Travelling Show (2016) - Reflections (2016) - Rocking Horse Rider (2016) - The Hydrographer: The Clyde Steadman Story (2017) - Lord Gnarl (2017). - Caliphs and Kings (2018) and - Handsome Jack: A Whizz-kid's Story (2019). Jeff previously maintained he wrote entirely for pleasure, and to fill in the long summer months between football seasons. Recently he has admitted that he set himself the task of writing in a number of different genres as part of a three-year programme to learn about creative writing and self-publishing. He said it was like an undergraduate degree course for which there was a strict budget and work schedule. It has since become clear that the whole experiment was one of the most interesting and absorbing things he had done in his life. He continues to write.