Keith Booth's life, like Caesar's Gaul, can be divided into three roughly equal parts: a quarter of a century in full-time education and management training, a similar amount of time in university administration and finally another twenty-five years in cricket scoring and writing. This is his ninth book, his seventh about a Surrey personality. His biography of Charles Alcock was shortlisted for the Cricket Society Book of the Year award in 2002, that on George Lohmann won it five years later. Keith's wife, Jennifer, is an archivist and spent most of her career in the prestigious environment of the Tate Gallery. She now uses that expertise to identify and research sources for Keith's books and has been so heavily involved in this one that she is named as joint author.