Alex Shearer started his writing career as a scriptwriter and has had great success in that field. His credits include The Two of Us, the 1990s sitcom starring Nicholas Lyndhurst. More recently he has started writing for children. His Wilmot stories have been adapted for TV by Yorkshire television, and The Greatest Store in the World, was screened as a feature length TV film on Christmas Eve 1999 by the BBC. The Great Blue Yonder, his children's novel about the afterlife, was published to critical acclaim by Macmillan, who published The Speed of the Dark in 2003. His boys adventure at sea, SEa Legs, is published by Hodder in June 2003.