Alan Judd is the author of A Breed of Heroes, The Devil's Own Work and the biography of Ford Madox Ford. He is currently writing a biography of the founder of MI6, Sir Mansfield Cummings. He joined the Parachute Regiment as a young man, serving all over the world. He went to Oxford University and read theology and, for many years he worked for the Foreign Office until he took early retirement to concentrate on his writing career. He reviews widely in the national press. He is married with a small daughter and lives in Sussex.