A grammar school boy from a working class family, Jimmy Bates has had a chequered career. Before becoming a writer he worked in a variety of jobs, including the building trade, catering and various engineering factories. He eventually qualified with an honours degree in electronics, emigrated and became a scientist in Canada and then a director of the same hi-tech company in the U.S.A. He returned to England in 1980 and spent 25 years as a management consultant, holding directorships of several high-technology companies before taking up writing full-time. Social history is his passion, science and technology is his professional expertise. The combination of these two apparently disparate subjects form the basis for much of his literary interests: where do we come from, where are we going to and how are we going to get there?
Jimmy has travelled and worked extensively throughout the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. He has co-authored three previous books: Profiting from Office Automation, A Pictorial History of Newton Longville and Bill’s War. Jimmy is a ex-chartered Engineer, ex-Corporate Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET), an ex-senior member of the United Kingdom Council of Health Informatics Professions, an ex-member of ASSIST (Association for Information and Communications Technology Professionals in Health and Social Care) and an ex-Specialist Groups Affiliate of the British Computer Society.
Despite his professional career, Jimmy has always kept in touch with his roots. He played darts in various English amateur leagues, won his ‘colours’ playing football for his college in Brighton and went on to play for Ottawa Cosmos in Canada. He was a very active youth leader, organising and supervising holidays and weekend activities for teenagers in the south of England. A keen motorcyclist for 40 years, Jimmy can strip, repair and rebuild any of the old traditional English motorbikes. He was thought to be a bit of an English eccentric by his American colleagues in Silicon Valley, mainly because he travelled to and from work on his beloved Triumph Bonneville (motorcycle) every day.
His interests are history, sociology, science & technology and music, and he is a voracious reader. Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Jimmy spent all of his school years in Stoke-on-Trent, is married and lives in Herefordshire.