Helen Cresswell has has a varied and successful career during which time she has worked as a literary assistant, a teacher, and has worked prolifically for BBC television. She is the popular author of many stories for children and adults and has been in print for 35 years! Stephen Player is a highly experienced illustrator who has illustrated the work of adult writers such as Clive Barker and Terry Pratchett as well as numerous children's books. For Hodder the latter include several titles in the Shakespeare Collection and Tremors series. He trained at the St Albans School of Art in Hertfordshire before moving to London. In 2000 he moved to San Francisco.