Rob Murphy was born in Wembley, North London in 1956 and was educated at Wallington County Grammar School for Boys and Hull University, whwre he obtained a degree in Politics. He has worked in the UK civil service for over 30 years and currently lives in Sutton, South London.
The author has maintained a keen interest in the political landscape in both the United Kingdom and other countries since studying for his degree. He has been particularly interested in the politics of devolution within the UK since the emergence of the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru as a political force in the 1970s and the referenda on devolution in 1979 and 1997.
The author's other interests include sport and, in particular, rugby union, aviation and rock music.