Dr Robert Eales was born in South Africa and studied at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and Balliol College, Oxford. In a varied career he worked in management consulting and banking and his employers include McKinsey and Company, Westpac Banking Corporation and Barclays Bank. During his consulting career, he undertook work on behalf of major corporations including BHP, Rio Tinto, the National Australia Bank and the GIO of NSW (as it was then). He was based at various times in Johannesburg, Sydney, London and, briefly, in San Francisco. He retired from the business world in 2005 and has been researching the South African War of 1899-1902 ever since. Rob has delivered many talks on the South African War, presented papers at conferences and been published in historical journals. See http://www.roberteales.com.au. The Compassionate Englishwoman is his first book. He lives with his wife and family in Sydney, Australia.