Paul A Davies was born in Croydon, a suburb of London, in 1965. He was educated at Trinity College Oxford and, having graduated in English and Modern Languages, began his teaching career in Spain. On returning to the UK, he found a job at Oxford University Press, first as a lexicographer on bilingual dictionaries and then as a schoolbook editor with a particular responsibility for Turkey and Greece. After five years’ publishing experience, he decided to leave OUP to begin a freelance career writing English-teaching material. That was in 1998. Since then, he has written primary and secondary courses for most major English-teaching markets around the world, as well as videos, plays, stories and multimedia material. For Europe, his main publications have been the secondary courses Spotlight and Solutions and the primary course Sparks, all published by OUP. His publications for Latin America include the secondary course Flashlight (OUP) and two primary courses: All Aboard! (Macmillan) and Zabadoo (OUP). He has experience of writing books for both the American English and the British English markets. The majority of his books written for students of secondary school age have been co-authored with Tim Falla.