Tony Kamm was the son of George Kamm, a founder director of Pan Books and his wife Josephine, a biographer and novelist. He was educated at Charterhouse where he captained the 1st XI before National Service in the Navy. He read Classics for two years before switching to English Literature at Worcester College, Oxford University. He also played hockey and fives for the university.
He was a right-handed batsman and wicket keeper who represented Middlesex in two first-class matches in 1952, six for Oxford University (1952–1955; blue 1954) and once for Free Foresters in 1956.
He led a successful career in publishing. He wrote several books, especially on Roman history and children's literature. In addition to his writing, he was also a lecturer in publishing at Stirling University (1988–1995).