Tamsin Pickeral was educated in art and art history and then turned her attentions to adventure. She lived for some time in Italy and has travelled extensively throughout her life. She returned to Britain after nine years spent living an unusual life on a cattle ranch in the US. Despite her wanderlust, it is Britain to which she keeps returning, finding it an endless source of inspiration for her books. She now resides in Norfolk, with her cowboy. Michael Kerrigan lives in Edinburgh, where he writes regularly for the Scotsman newspaper. He is a book reviewer for The Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian, London. As an author, he has published extensively on both British and world history and prehistory. He has been a contributor to Flame Tree's Irish History and World History as well as to The Times Encyclopedia of World Religion.