Alan Duncan was born in South Africa in 1950. After completing his national service, he graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1973. He moved to Australia in 1977 and lives in Sydney with his wife Beverley and has three adult sons, Greg, Mark and Neil.
Alan is a director of professional quantity surveying firm, Bay Partnership, and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors as well as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors. Alan is also a Member of the NSW Writer’s Centre and an Affiliate of the Australian Society of Authors.
His father Harold, who was a member of the Allied Eighth Army captured in Tobruk in 1942, kept a diary throughout his period as a prisoner of war in Italy and Germany. Alan has edited this unique document and produced it as a book entitled Neilson’s Chocolate.
Alan visited Egypt and Libya in 2007 on a battlefield tour of the Western Desert, travelling from Cairo to Alexandria, El Alamein, Tobruk, Benghazi and Tripoli. He is familiar with the North African theatre of action in World War II, the initial setting of this, his first novel.