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Born in London, Alan Fenton was educated at Mercers’ School in the City. Having won an open scholarship to Oxford he did two years National Service in the Royal Air Force, becoming a Pilot Officer, before going up to St Edmund Hall to read English Language and Literature.
On graduating, he worked as a trainee in business for a couple of years before writing a sketch for a children’s television programme starring Ronnie Corbett. This led to a career writing comedy sketches and scripts for TV comedy series, Saturday Night Spectaculars and Sunday Nights at the London Palladium for most of the top comedians of the day, including Ronnie Corbett, Bruce Forsyth, Dickie Henderson, Roy Castle, Arthur Haines, Jack Douglas and Joe Baker, Dick Emery, Irene Handl, Des O'Connor and many others.
After several years of comedy scriptwriting, he drifted back into business. Working for a large American trading organisation he travelled the world, until he and a few friends set up their own company trading in metals and minerals, and ultimately in oil. He was the agent in South Africa for the sanctions-busting commodities dealer Marc Rich.
Leaving business a few years later, he wrote “Shadow of the Titan”, his first novel, based loosely on his business experiences. Subsequently, his fascination with King Arthur inspired him to write "The Call of Destiny", the first book in the Return of Arthur  cycle, and its sequel, "The Hour of Camelot"  published in 2010 by Dovecote Press.
Alan Fenton lives in London with his wife and nine Pekinese dogs.