The author was brought up on a working farm and country shooting estate. She spent her childhood working with hunt horses and flat racers and helping out the gamekeeper. She graduated with BA hons. from York University, then achieved a post graduate MSc taken at Warwick University. Following a career in management she had a serious car crash, resulting in many orthopaedic injuries, which caused her to give up work and re-focus. She became a magistrate in 1999 and has served on a Bench in the Midlands ever since. Following a move with her husband to a small shooting estate, they now concentrate on rearing pheasants and red-leg partridges, with their activities mostly being confined to running the estate and maintaining their rough shoot.