Colin Wilson was born in Leicester in 1931. He left school at sixteen and spent several years working in a wool warehouse, a laboratory, a plastics factory and a coffee bar before The Outsider was published in 1956 to outstanding critical acclaim. Since then he has written many books on philosophy, the occult and crime as well as a number of successful novels. His work includes The Occult, Mysteries and Super Consciousness. He is a regular contributor to the Daily Mail.