About the Author
Alan Franks' previous fiction includes the classic newspaper comedy 'Boychester's Bugle', which the novelist Tom Sharpe found brilliantly comic; also the Sixties family saga 'The Sins of the Sons' and the award-winning 'Going Over'. He wrote for The Times for more than thirty years, covering a wide variety of arts subjects and social issues. In the 1980s he wrote a regular column for the paper,' Alan Franks' Diary', which became a book and then a Radio 4 series. He has twice been nominated for a British Press Award. His poems have won several awards, including the Wigtown Prize, Scotland s largest.