BORIS STARLING is an award-winning author, screenwriter, newspaper journalist and occasional Christmas bluffer. His writing career began at the age of eight, when his English teacher spotted that his short story was (a) unusually good for a child his age and (b) copied verbatim from Tintin's 'Prisoners Of The Sun.' That was also the first time he learnt the word 'verbatim' (not to mention the term 'copyright violation'.) All his work since then has been strictly his own. Still a strong believer in the existence of Father Christmas, he waits impatiently for December 25 every year at his home in Dorset with his wife, children, dogs, and his own private herd of reindeer.