Tim Parker was born in 1933, and his early memories include living in Stockport, near Manchester. While at Harrow School Tim joined the RNVR serving on London's HMS President, and two years later he was promoted to Midshipman RNVR. After National Service he held a variety of jobs included working for ICI and the Rank Organisation. In 2000 Tim started writing the regular 'Parker's Progress' column for the Brighton Argus. Tim lives in Brighton with his wife Beth, where they own a winery, one of the first in Britain. This is his first book. Geoffrey Holder Jones (1915-2011) served in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in World War II where his bravery earned him the Distinguished Service Medal. He captained six different ships before retiring as a Lieutenant-Commander in 1966. He went on to become a teacher in the Brighton area and the headmaster of St. Andrew's Church School.