Bill Hopkins was born in Cardiff in 1928. His father was Ted Hopkins, the Welsh music hall artiste and his mother the performer Violette Broderick. He was in the air force and worked as a news correspondent for the occupying forces in Europe after the war. He later worked for the New York Times. He was associated with the Angry Young Men and shared a house with two of them, Colin Wilson and Stuart Holroyd. His only full-length publication was The Divine and the Decay (later: The Leap), a right-wing novel, which was pulped by its publisher for its fascist tone but republished in 1984 as The Leap. His essay Ways without a Precedent was published as part of anthology on the Angry Young Men called Declaration. He later became an antiques dealer. He died in 2011.