Hunter Davies was born in Renfrew in 1936, brought up in Carlisle, educated at Durham University, and now lives half the year in London and half in the Lake District. As a journalist he worked on the Sunday Times, where he was chief features writer, and later editor of the Magazine. He is the author of over thirty books, including biographies, novels, children's novels (Flossie Teacake) and several books about Lakeland. He publishes his own best selling guide 'The Good Guide to the Lakes'. He is married to the novelist and biographer Margaret Forster.