Patrick Harding is the author of many books including How to Identify Edible Mushrooms and How to Identify Trees. For the last ten years he has been running courses and seminars around the country on Christmas and it's traditions and has appeared on the Today programme, Radio 4, and an hour long Ch5 programme to be shown Christmas 2001. He has been asked so frequently - 'Is there a book on the talk?' that he decided to write one. He is married to Jean Binney, a botanical artist, and they have two children, Martin and Bryony - who know that Patrick's beard is real! Patrick lives in Sheffield in a house with two chimneys.