Michael Boyle grew up in the Liverpool suburb of Maghull one of four children, attending Saint George's Junior School and later Maricourt High School. His father, Roy worked in the Post Office (starting as a telegraph boy in 1944 at the end of the Second World War) and his mother Lil, was an Infant School teacher in Kirkby.  

Maricourt was a comprehensive school run by the Sisters of Mercy and was located in the former house of Frank Hornby (inventor of the model railway). In many ways the school was a great success, taking students of all abilities and preparing them for life outside of school, with many of Michael's classmates pursuing successful careers. Some chose to remain in the city of Liverpool whilst others traveled further afield, like Michael, who moved across the Pennines to Sheffield and others who went down to London. The hope of a successful career was a huge challenge at that time as the economy of Liverpool was collapsing with many factories closing and redundancies running very high.

Maricourt High School was instrumental in Michael and several of his friends' decision to enter medical school and this took him away from Liverpool in the mid 80s. Ironically, he arrived in Sheffield towards of the end of the miners' strike after leaving Liverpool, which was being cast adrift economically.

Graduating in 1989, Michael embarked on a vocational training course for General Practice. He joined a Practice on the edge of Sheffield in 1993 where he still works now as a GP Partner.

Michael's interests include the education of medical students and junior doctors; politically supporting social mobility and equal opportunities for all. He is on the management committee for St Wilfrid's Day Centre in Sheffield, an organisation that helps people who are struggling with isolation and physical and mental health problems. He is also a trustee of Lost Chord, a music charity which provides music to people suffering from Dementia in Care homes. He also has an interest in Lifestyle Medicine and is a founder trustee of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine which aims to persuade health professionals and patients to eradicate health inequalities and improve wellbeing through lifestyle choices, in turn leading to social mobility. The organisation is pursuing political support to meet this aim.

Michael is married to Angela and they have 4 children. He still enjoys supporting Everton and trips back to Liverpool to see the superb renaissance of this fiercely proud city. He is also very fond of his adopted city of Sheffield but remains loyal to Liverpool for its rich social, cultural and sporting heritage.

He decided to write Canary Across the Mersey after holding the memory in his mind for over 40 years. The story is in fact true and is a reflection of our collective childhood in the early 1970s.
 
Michael, said: "It seems inconceivable these days that a teacher would now allow a bird in the classroom as a class pet, but I'm happy to be corrected! It has been great to meet up with old classmates recently after writing this book, some of them recall the experience and remember the detail and some can't. My school teacher, Mrs Rose Purcell still lives in the area as do my parents Lil and Roy who remember the story very clearly.
 
"The St George's Annexe of the old school has now been bulldozed and replaced with houses. The church remains and is affiliated with St George's Junior School."
 
The city of Liverpool has come back from the brink of failure and is now thriving once again. When you next visit Liverpool and stand at the Pier Head, consider the resilience of the people, the heritage , musically , academically and sporting and finally consider whether the Canary did actually fly across the Mersey!