JANE TORDAY was born in London, brought up in Hampshire, worked in London before her first marriage took her to Northumberland where she has lived since 1973. Writing has always been a part of her life, publishing books and articles on food, gardening and social history, alongside her family life and establishing a local enterprise, The Garden Station . Her first memoir of her father was The Coldstreamer and The Canary in 1995. www.janetorday.com
ROGER MORTIMER was born in 1909 and educated at Eton College and Sandhurst. In 1930 he was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards. In 1940 he fought in the Battle of Belgium and was taken as a POW for the remainder of the war. Racing correspondent for the Sunday Times for almost thirty years, he wrote several classic books on racing. He died in 1991.