Otherwise known as Lord Dobbs of Wylye in the county of Wiltshire.
Born in 1948 on the same day as Prince Charles.
Has a doctorate in nuclear defence studies.
Was Chief of Staff and later Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. Was also Deputy Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi.
Has been a BBC TV and radio presenter, a columnist for The Mail on Sunday and Daily Express, and news editor for The Boston Globe in the US during the Watergate scandal.
Lifetime Achievement Award for Political Literature 2014; P T Barnum Award for Excellence in Entertainment 2014; Tufts University Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award 2014, Huw Wheldon Memorial Lecturer 2015.
Winner of Benjamin Franklin Award for best historical novel 2008; shortlisted for C4 Political Novel of the Year 2001, PaddyPower Political Novel of the Year 2013, 2014.
Spends far too much time playing politics and conspiring in the House of Lords. He was also the first person to tell Margaret Thatcher she had become Prime Minister.
Perhaps slightly less earth-shattering, he's descended from seven generations of brewers, ran messages across the Berlin Wall as a teenager, is 6 foot 3 tall and went to school with the Bishop of London.
He also lives near a church and several very fine pubs in Wiltshire. Before you ask, he spends more time in the pubs. They have better opening hours.
'A wonderfully fluent storyteller.' Daily Telegraph.
'Britain's foremost exponent of the shock-inducing thriller.' Press Association.
'Perhaps the cleverest man in the country.' Mail on Sunday
'How well he writes.' Michael Portillo, The Times
'Dobbs is the master of his genre.' Times Literary Supplement
'His books are seen as forecasts more reliable than weather bulletins, but no less ominous.' The Tatler.
;Dobbs' books grab because of their authenticity – the man knows his stuff.' The Times.
'Michael Dobbs does for Westminster skullduggery what Agatha Christie did for the country house murder.' Gyles Brandreth, Sunday Express