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Alex Coombs was born in Lambeth in 1961. He grew up in Bucks in the Chilterns near High Wycombe and went to school in Marlow.

He went to Oxford (St Peter's) then Edinburgh University where he studied Arabic and Islamic History. He has lived and worked in the Middle East and London. He is also a qualified chef and has cooked in a variety of kitchens, restaurants, hotels and a conference centre. He currently lives in Bucks and Edinburgh.

Currently reading: 
Werner Herzog - Every Man for Himself ...A Memoir

Nietzsche - Thus Spake Zarathustra

Tiziano Terzani - Un Indovino Mi Disse

James Clear - Die 1% - Methode

Currently watching:

The Prehab Guys - You Tube and Instagram

Deadwood - Season 2

Currently Listening to:

Iggy Pop - Every Loser

Hawkwind - Space Ritual 11 CD Boxed Set

Yes - The Yes Album

Alabama 3 - Cold War Classics Vol 2

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For more info about Alex Coombs please visit his Facebook page or his X (formerly Twitter) account


Various random facts about the author :


His hobbies are learning French, German and Italian.

He likes dogs.

His favourite books, The Execution of Justice by Durrenmatt, Labyrinths by Borges, The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit.

He is a qualified chef and was once sous-chef in an award-winning gastropub.

He drinks a huge amount of tea ( black, no sugar).

He is a passionate fan of Hawkwind ever since he saw them at the Roundhouse back in the mid-seventies.

He likes boxing and keeping fit.

His main interest in life is art and going to art galleries, that and food, both cooking and restaurants.

He is quite a quiet, solitary person and dislikes parties, noise and boisterous behaviour.

He is not, and never has been, 'one of the lads.'

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