Doctor Jim Binkley was educated at St. Anne's R.C. School, Nantwich, Cheshire, Bishop Lonsdale College, Derby and Nottingham University where he gained four degrees and a love for learning. He is a retired Head Master and has taught in Saudi Arabia, America and Vietnam as well as the U.K. He is a member of The Manorial Society of Great Britain, an Associate of The College of Preceptors and a life member of the N.A.H.T. His travels have taken him all over the world and most recently twice to Russia to research this novel. Although his time is now preoccupied with writing he is also an Associate Lecturer at Derby University. He lives in the magnificent Derbyshire hills with his son George and daughter Madeleine.