Bob Dixon was born in Hertfordshire in 1941. His father was a merchant seaman and his mother a schoolteacher. Together with his brother and sister, the family lived in Harpenden, later moving to Southampton where Bob attended King Edward VI School. On leaving, he spent two years as a crew member on a Research Ship in Antarctica. He then joined the Metropolitan Police, serving for four years in uniform and later in the CID in East and South London and at Scotland Yard. On leaving the Police after fourteen years service, Bob was Security Manager for three national retail companies and a hotel chain before joining Cunard as Security Officer on the QEII. On leaving the sea after four years, he was appointed Branch Manager of a national driving school, retiring in 2001 due to ill health.
He has been married to his wife Anne, a retired nurse, for forty-nine years and they have four children and five grandchildren. He lives in Worthing, Sussex and his hobbies are writing, reading, supporting Southampton Football Club and watching most sports. He is also an active member of the West Sussex Writers' Club.