Nicolas Kinloch was educated at Reigate Grammar School, and read modern history at the University of Liverpool. He was head of history and professional tutor at the Netherhall School and Sixth Form College, Cambridge, where he also taught Russian. Nicolas has been a teacher fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, and has taught in Sweden, Estonia, Japan and Kazakhstan. He has been a deputy president of the Historical Association, of which he is an honorary fellow. He was a regular contributor for many years to BBC History Magazine and is the author of several books.