Steve Flinders studied politics at Oxford. He took part in voluntary service in Pakistan, and was a teacher in London, Sweden and Oxford. From 1980 to 1992 he worked in Paris, latterly for a company teaching English by telephone.

He has written several books for learners of Business English and four titles in the Oxford Bookworm Factfile series.

He is now a partner with York Associates, a professional language and communication training organisation, based in York in the UK.