Bob Bibby was brought up in Wolverhampton. He has worked extensively in the Black Country as a bus conductor, a scout leader, a folk singer, a football team manager, a pea packer, a parish councillor, a hot dog salesman, a skiffle group leader, a crossword compiler, chair of a national association a teacher and a schools inspector. He has recently moved to south Shropshire, where he devotes his time to writing. He is married and has two grown-up daughters. His first crime novel in the Tallyforth Mystery series, entitled Be a Falling Leaf, was published in 1998 and the second, Bird on the Wing, in 2000. The third in the series, entitled The Liquidator is set in Wolverhampton, and will appear later in 2001. Grey Paes and Bacon is his first travel book.