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Simon Heffer was born in 1960. He read English at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and later received a PhD in history from that university. He has been deputy editor of the Daily Telegraph and of the Spectator, and a columnist for both. He now writes for the Daily Mail and is editor of Mail Comment Online. His books include biographies of Thomas Carlyle, Enoch Powell, Edward VII and Vaughan Williams, and the guide to English usage Strictly English. He is currently writing a book on Victorian England, to be published in 2013. He is married with two children and lives in Essex.

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