I was born and grew up in Nuneaton until, at the age of fifteen, I enlisted in the RAF, as an apprentice aircraft fitter. Following my demob twelve years later, and a year living in Saudi-Arabia, I returned to Nuneaton and became a telephone engineer. After fourteen years I left BT to become a mature student at Warwick University. It was here that I first read Middlemarch and was lucky enough to hear Andrew Davis talk about his television adaptation of the novel. My degree in Educational Studies led to a third career as a primary school teacher, which lasted about twelve years. When I retired from teaching I became actively involved in helping to run the Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre, where I met John Burton who introduced me to the George Eliot Fellowship.