Nigel Hinton was born in London and taught English for nine years during which time he wrote Collision Course. After that he became a professional actor and then went back to writing full time. Nigel has written eleven novels, including the Buddy Trilogy, which was made into a film. His novel Finders won the Federation of Children's Book Groups Book Award, and Collision Course won a leading prize in the Netherlands. The Beaver Towers books for younger children are also very popular. Collision Course was first published by OUP in 1976.