Roy Bainton has worked in journalism, radio and TV, and is the author of 12 books, mostly non-fiction, including biography, history and music. His first successful work Honoured by Strangers: the life of Captain F.N.A. Cromie (1882–1918) (Airlife/Crowood Press, 2002) will be reissued for Amazon/Kindle in January 2014 to coincide with the centenary of the First World War. His other works include A Brief History of 1917: Russia’s year of revolution (Constable & Robinson, 2005) and The Long Patrol: the British in Germany 1945–1989 (Mainstream, 2004).
His current work The Mammoth Book of Unexplained Phenomena (Constable & Robinson, 2013) received impressive reviews and is also published by Running Press in the USA. In 2007 he received an Arts Council England literature grant to write his first novel The Scrap Run. He also co-wrote with the poet and playwright Kevin Fegan a book of prose and poetry (for Derbyshire County Council), Iron in the Blood, on the history of the village of Ironville.
He has published two books of poetry, and two books on the history of rhythm-and-blues, and has written extensively as a researcher in the recording industry. In 2006 his career was given a major boost with support from the Royal Literary Fund, and for three academic years he enjoyed the post of RLF Fellow at the University of Lincoln. He is currently working on a book on modern piracy for Constable & Robinson.