Charles Clapham was born in Scotland, and brought up there and in Southern Africa. He spent twelve years in Manchester, Sheffield, Durham and New York, studying architecture, history, economics, and theology, and wrote a PhD on the relationship between theology and economics.

Following ordination in the Church of England, Charles worked in churches in Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent, and as a university chaplain, and is currently the vicar of ST PETER’S CHURCH, HAMMERSMITH, in West London. His passions include philosophy, music and decent coffee.