Tim Bowler was born in Leigh-on-sea, Essex, on November 14th, 1953. He grew up in the town and was educated at Westcliff High School for Boys (a grammar school) after which he studied Swedish and Scandinavian Studies at the University of East Anglia. He has worked as a paper boy, a building site labourer, insurance
clerk, waiter/cleaner/dogsbody at a dodgy diner called The Old Sausage Shop beside Southend Pier, a postman, a pub bartender, a forester, an ice cream van driver, a removals company trainee/mucker-in, an EFL teacher, a timber salesman, a teacher of foreign languages, and a translator.
His first book contract was with Oxford University Press, on acceptance of Midget. OUP have published all four of Tim Bowler's novels, including the Carnegie-winning River Boy, which was issued in a mass-market paperback edition at the end of January 1999, to coincide with publication of Tim's fourth novel, Shadows.