I'm a writer and artist living in rural Northamptonshire, England with my wife and two teenage children. I first saw the cancan in 1966 in an operetta at Nottingham's Theatre Royal. I was just ten years old and, as you may imagine, it made such an impression on me that I've never forgotten it! I first saw the cancan in the city of its birth, Paris, in 1991 - at the Paradis Latin - and it was this performance that prompted me to begin researching for the book.
I've also written a number of magazine articles, including several on the cancan. Apart from writing, I edit and proofread books, give talks on the cancan and other subjects, and teach adult education classes. I also paint pictures, mostly in oils.