John Littlefair lives in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. He grew up in Carnforth and Devon, and then trained in medicine in Cambridge and London, qualifying in 1980 to work as a junior doctor in London. John then trained to be an academic physician and was later appointed to be a senior lecturer in Leicester, where he has worked ever since he was promoted to the inaugural chair in respiratory medicine in 1999. He is now based at Glenfield Hospital but is retiring shortly to focus on writing. This is John's first published book.