Philip was born in Birmingham, UK, in 1957, and emigrated to Australia—among the wave of ₤10 immigrants—in 1966. The family settled in Adelaide in South Australia. Philip has enjoyed a number of careers over the years, including serving as an Anglican minister, and working as an evolutionary biologist at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. He holds two doctorates, one in theology and one in biology. When Philip left Switzerland, he returned to Australia to pursue a more literary career. Always keen on writing, Philip finally completed his first novel in 2012, and is continuing to write in his spare time.
Now based in Cairns, in Far North Queensland, Philip runs a freelance editing business from home.