Martyn Beardsley was born, and has spent his life, in Nottingham. A civil servant for many years, he gave it up to concentrate on a writing career. Apart from being a children's author, one of his great passions is history and in 2002 he published a biography of Sir John Franklin, the Arctic explorer. A committed Buddhist, he is interested in reading, sport, keep-fit and yoga. Martyn Beardsley is married with one daughter and a mad dog. Tony Ross is one of the most popular and successful of all children's illustrators, with many picture books to his name. He has also produced line drawings for many fiction titles.