More About the Author
Lesley Mary Close was born in Oxford, England and lives in the Chiltern Hills in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. She had created the outlines of many books in her head before meeting the subject of her first, Heather Ritchie, and being inspired by her amazing pictorial rugs.
Lesley's second book, Assisted Dying: who makes the final decision?, includes the story of her brother John's death at Dignitas in 2003, case studies (written by Lesley) of other people's difficult deaths, and essays on a variety of aspects of the subject from a range of authors.
Lesley enjoyed writing her first biography so much that she is engaged upon the hugely enjoyable task of researching and writing another (but very different) biography. She and Heather have also looked at ideas for further books based on Heather's rugs.
Lesley has always enjoyed reading biographies, but that's where the clever reading ends: 'who/why dunnits' by the likes of Ruth Rendell, Barbara Vine, PD James and Peter Robinson have been her preferred reading for many years! In her fifties, she took up creative writing and found it very challenging. The first anthology of stories by the group she joined, Just Write, is available as an ebook on Amazon.
Also in her fifties, Lesley joined a Rock Choir and started taking singing exams. She enjoys walking (both with and without a geocaching element), cycling and cooking for friends.
In her 30s Lesley learned to tap dance: her late father and brother would want her to say 'but she kept falling in the sink' so, in their honour, she will do so!