Patrick was born in Cape Town and educated at Selborne College in East London (The South African one, not the other place in the UK). As a firefighter, Patrick spent several years running into burning buildings while saner people ran away. When he had grown out of playing with fire, he moved to the UK and taught younger firefighters how to do so instead. He and his colleagues called this "major incident training" or "fire investigation", depending on which course they were teaching.
Patrick now lives in Germany with his wife and has found that learning a new language is a good way to keep your mind active.
His books are inspired by his lifelong love of the sea and dreams of exploring space.
His titles include -
Science Fiction Adventure (The Harry Heron Series)
Harry Heron; Midshipman's Journey - Published March 2015 - IndieGo Publishing
Harry Heron: Into the Unknown - Published 14th March 2016 - IndieGo Publishing
Further books to follow - In draft
On The Run - Published, November 2011 - Abbott Press
The Outer Edge - Published February 2014 by Indiego Publishing: the next chapter in the Harry Heron story ...
And interview with Patrick on the Harry Heron series can be found on The Book Channel
Ego Sum, a sinner and most unlearned ... (The story of St Patrick, told by the Saint) being revised to address comments from a critique ...
Marine Fire Studies - published 1997 by the Institution of Fire Engineers
A Guide to Fire Investigation - published October 2011 by the Institution of Fire Engineers
Technical Articles and Papers
Patrick is regularly published in technical journals, including Fire Risk Management, Industrial Fire Journal, Fire and Rescue Journal and in Conference Proceedings on Fire Safety matters and Fire and Explosion Investigation.