Born in Watford in 1952, Allan Cameron was brought up in Nigeria and Bangladesh. Having left school at sixteen, he worked at sea for a few years before moving to Italy in his late teens, where he had a variety of jobs. At the age of 31 he went to university and, after graduating, worked in the same department he had studied in. In 1992 he moved to Scotland and worked as a translator (and has now translated some 25 books).
His first novel The Golden Menagerie was published by Luath Press in 2004, and this was followed up in 2005 by The Berlusconi Bonus (also Luath Press), which was translated into Italian and published by Azimut in Rome. Since then Vagabond Voices has republished The Berlusconi Bonus in addition to several others: In Praise of the Garrulous, among the publisher’s series of “Rants”, a selection of poetry entitled Presbyopia, and two collections of short stories, Can the Gods Cry? and On the Heroism of Mortals.