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Troy Simpson

Troy Simpson swapped his successful legal career and business career for the much more impoverished life of an author.

Troy was born in Windsor, NSW, and has lived in Australia’s national capital, Canberra, since he was six weeks old. He grew up in a small, three-bedroom weatherboard home in Yarralumla, a house that still stands today, despite all the redevelopment that has occurred in that suburb.

Troy and his two brothers attended the local Catholic primary school, St Peter Chanel's, which closed in 1989. He had an extremely happy childhood, which he attributes in part to the small size of the school and a small band of closely-knit classmates — and, of course, the loving family environment in which he grew up.

For high school, Troy went to St Edmund's College in Griffith, as his brothers had done before, graduating in 1990. (Whenever he really tries to impress people, Troy seems to do best when mentioning he was in the same class as former Rugby Union Wallaby captain George Gregan).

After his final year at school, the family decided to sell their home in Yarralumla and move to Canberra’s north. The move was motivated partly by the fact that Troy, by this time age 17, was still sharing a bunk bed with his older brother age 19.

At 17, Troy commenced a law degree at the ANU College of Law. He graduated in 1996 with first-class honours and won the prestigious BC Meagher Prize for Commonwealth Constitutional Law as the top graduate in that subject.

Following graduation, Troy worked at the ANU College of Law for three years, liaising with 220 of Australia's top lawyers and academics, while researching and writing articles on the High Court for the much-acclaimed Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia (2002). Troy’s articles included some groundbreaking essays based on original and painstaking research, which have been highly commended in published reviews.

Troy has also worked in the public service, at the Department of Immigration, where he provided legal opinions on the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) and regulations. From 2002–2009, Troy ran a legal research, writing, and analysis consultancy called Research One Pty Ltd. Research One was the local Business of the Year and the national Australian Micro Business of the Year. Research One won other awards for outstanding customer service and innovation. During his time at Research One, Troy wrote Win More Cases: The Lawyer’s Toolkit (with a foreword by former High Court Justice Michael Kirby).

In 2011, Troy sold the website that hosted Research One, allowing him to concentrate full-time on his writing career. His first mass-market book, called Funny English Errors and Insights: Illustrated, now has more than 130,000 Facebook Fans. His most recent book, The Funny Dictionary, has started to attract a similar following.

Troy also co-manages the English Language Skills website (www.english-language-skills.com), which provides advice on spelling, grammar, and literacy — with a healthy dose of humour.

Link to his book in store:
The Funny Dictionary - 2nd Edition