Adam Naylor was born in South Cumbria in 1954. He received an M.A. and a Ph.D in history from Edinburgh University, where he also taught part-time. Since 1977 he has been the proprietor of ‘Bookfare’, a secondhand and antiquarian book business.
Adam moved back to Cumbria in 1992 where he has continued to sell books and also to run the family’s agricultural estate on the west side of Windermere. He was Chairman of the Lakeland Arts Trust for fourteen years and developed ‘Blackwell the Arts & Crafts House’ as a tourist attraction. He served as High Sheriff of Cumbria 2005-6, and continues to pursue other voluntary roles locally and in the county.