"Dermot Hope-Simpson is a retired teacher and headmaster who frequently travelled with his wife to places where few other tourists are to be found. He has a keen interest in history and archaeology. Since the death of his wife, he became a well-established children?s author. He has continued travelling, sometimes going to even more unusual places. He has lectured in various societies and is a room guide at Montacute House, a large National Trust Elizabethan manor house. He is also very active in church matters, still serving on his diocesan synod, Diocesan Board of Education, and the standing committee of his deanery synod."