Pat Symes worked for national newspapers, radio and television for forty years, a freelance reporter, specialising in sport. Symes has written numerous sports books including the ghosted autobiographies of the West Indian cricketers Gordon Greenidge and Malcolm Marshall. He estimates he must have covered almost 2,000 football matches and many happy days of county cricket, never forgetting how privileged he was to be paid for what he loved doing best. Symes combined this with several years teaching journalism at Solent University. This is his first attempt at a novel.