John Thompson was born in the district of Eton in 1942, and spent a happy and carefree childhood in the rural setting of Old Windsor. After attending Windsor Grammar School, he went to the University of Aberdeen, graduating in 1965 with an Honours Degree in History. He followed this by reading for an M.A. in American History at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and happened to be in the United States when both Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated - tempestuous times!
On his return to the U.K., John taught at a private school in London and eventually became side-tracked into Law, reading for an external degree from the University of London and then taking the Bar examinations in 1976. He spent the next two decades as a practising barrister.
Over the last decade he has specialised mainly in short stories, and has won awards from the ‘National Association of Writers’ Groups’ and been short-listed several times in other competitions, notably those contained in ‘Writing Magazine’. He is a keen member of his local writing group.