Adrian Greenwood read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Christ Church, Oxford before taking an MBA at Imperial College. After university he set up as an antiques dealer, eventually specialising in antiquarian books. Four years ago he retired to concentrate on his writing. His particular field of interest is nineteenth century British military history, and he is currently researching a major work on loot, plunder and battlefield souvenirs. Since the late 1990s he has contributed to numerous magazines, periodicals and newspapers from Soldiers of the Queen to Private Eye.