Maurice Leitch was born in Co Antrim and educated in Belfast.
After a short spell teaching he joined the BBC Northern Ireland in 1960 as a radio features producer.
In 1970 he moved to London to work in the BBC's radio drama department, continuinjg to direct documentary feature programmes. In 1977 he became editor of A Book at Bedtime until leaving in 1989 to write full time.
His works include The Liberty Lad (1965), Poor Lazarus (1969), Stamping Ground (1975), Silver's City (1981), The Smoke King (1988) and Dining at the Dunbar (2009).