Tony Parsons was born in Romford, Essex and was the only child of working-class parents. He attended Barstable Grammar School, which he left aged 16 with 5 O levels.
After he left school his first job was in journalism at the New Musical Express where he met his first wife. After divorcing his wife a few years later he became a single Dad and the experience of being a young man caring for a small child was to later influence his best-selling novel, Man and Boy.
Since then he has become an award-winning newspaper journalist and bestselling novelist whose books have been translated into more than forty languages. The Murder Bag, the first novel in the DC Max Wolfe series, went to number one on first publication in the UK. All of the DC Max Wolfe novels have been Sunday Times top five bestsellers.
Tony lives in London with his second wife Yuriko, his daughter and their dog, Stan. His new book Girl On Fire will be published in March.