Born in Ceylon, (Sri Lanka) Alasdair Sutherland was educated at Tonbridge and in Italy and Ireland. He was a London restaurateur in the 1970s and his later career was in international public relations agencies. The Spaghetti Tree is his first book. Alasdair trained at The Hotel Portmeirion and then worked in public relations in 1960s London, while moonlighting as a waiter in several Chelsea bistros. In 1971 he and his brother Robin opened Small's Cafe on the Fulham Road, the first Rock'n'Roll revival restaurant, and then Small's Restaurant on Knightsbridge Green two years later. Their partnership expanded with the Old Compton Wine Bar and Maunkberry's night club. Alasdair then returned to the PR agency business, and for the next thirty years worked for three of the world's largest PR firms, first in the Far East and then across Europe. In 2001 he was President of the International Public Relations Association. Alasdair wrote on life inside the restaurant business for London Life in the 1970s and was the restaurant critic and a regular columnist of the Hong Kong Tatler in the 1980s. He and his wife Felicity live in West London.