Michael Quentin Morton grew up in Qatar, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi in the 1950s and 1960s. After qualifying as a barrister, Quentin spent over 30 years in a legal career before becoming a full-time author.
Since In the Heart of the Desert was first published in 2006, he has written eight books about various aspects of Middle East history: Black Gold and Frankincense, Buraimi, The Third River, Keepers of the Golden Shore, The Petroleum Gulf (all which have been translated into Arabic), Empires and Anarchies and his latest book, Masters of the Pearl, which was published in August 2020.
Quentin has also written numerous articles, and lectured to various bodies including the Anglo-Omani Society, the British Yemeni Society, the Royal Society of Asian Affairs in London, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists in Istanbul and London, the Geological Society of Oman, the Historical Association of Oman in Muscat and, most recently, the International Association for the Study of Arabia by Zoom. He lives with his wife in Kent.