Hamish Brown was born in Auckland in 1954. He spent 13 years at King's School and King's College and graduated from Auckland University with a Bachelor in Commerce. Following a stint as a structural engineer, Brown joined the family business. Hobbies include family stuff, DIY, small boat close-to-shore fishing and the golf driving range. Wine, Women and Song is about Hamish's father, Doug Brown's war experiences based on his letters and reminiscences, and stories told over the years. Brown is married to Alison and have two children, Sam and Ellie.