Graham Hutton was born and brought up in rural Essex where this story is based. His early schooling was local until his parents enrolled him in a boys' boarding school in Surrey. Graham spent most of his working life employed as an accountant in the National Health Service. A serious traffic accident in 1996 left him disabled and partially sighted. The doctor's prognosis was that he would never walk again and probably remain bedridden. With the help of family and friends he learned to walk short distances and he was able to get his life back together after a lengthy period of inactivity. On holiday in Tenerife he met an authoress who persuaded him that it might be a good therapy to spend his mornings writing a novel. She even advised him on the elements of successful writing.