Phil was born in London, England on June 15th, 1951, the day rock and roll began. He moved to Canada to embark on a career of selling English, both as writer and performing songwriter. In 1991 he published Fields of Vision: A Journey to Canada’s Family Farms, a national bestseller. Three books followed; An Acre of Time, River Song: Sailing the History of the St. Lawrence River, and Beneath My Feet: The Memoirs of George Mercer Dawson. He has written for newspapers and magazines, including Canadian and National Geographic. Since 1991 he has been a freelance columnist for the Ottawa Citizen. He writes from a straw bale house in the Gatineau Hills of west Quebec.