James holds a masters degree in English Literature and Language and BA (Honours) in English from Sheffield Hallam University.
He is a nationally syndicated newspaper cartoonist. James' work appears daily in papers throughout the UK from Edinburgh to the south of England. He has also contributed to a wide range of newspapers and magazines, including The Independent, Private Eye (for whom he has also written jokes) and Prospect.
James is also the author of the DCI Miller crime novels, and lectures on journalism courses at universities including Sheffield Hallam, Leeds Trinity, Huddersfield, and Derby.
James' PhD research aims to explore the role of pocket cartoons in newspapers through case studies of major stories such as the Suez crisis and the Profumo affair.