I was born in England and emigrated to Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) in 1951, aged four, moving to Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) in 1963 aged sixteen. I attended Rhodes University South Africa, studying English and Psychology, then at the University College of North Wales, Bangor for an honours degree in Psychology. I came to Britain permanently in 1974, working as an English teacher, then took a Masters degree in Educational Psychology at Manchester University. I worked as an Educational Psychologist until 1990, becoming head of service for Essex Education Authority, and then was appointed as a senior education officer. I retired from public service in 1998, working as an education consultant until recently. I am married with two grown up children.
One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father-a crusading local lawyer-risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.