Born and brought up in Lincolnshire, Tim Bradford’s first job was at a small agency in Norfolk helping to write recruitment brochures fortop Midlands pie manufacturers. He moved to London in 1988, where he experimented with various non-linear career moves: art packer, superintendent at Sheperd’s Bush market, sort-of surveyor for London Transport, hand-painted T-shirt maker, stall holder at Portobello Road market, picture librarian at the Financial Times, camera tester and film reviewer. Finally in 1990 he found his true vocation – drawing cartoons of footballers with very short legs for When Saturday Comes. He now combines that highly succesful career with travel writing (his first book, Is Shane MacGowan Still Alive? was published by Flamingo in 2000). Tim also helped set up and illustrates for The Guardian. He is married with three children and lives in a quiet North London valley.

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