For more than a decade, Nick Bunker worked as an investment banker. Before that he wrote for the Financial Times for six years, having begun his career as an investigative reporter on the Liverpool Echo. An open scholar of King’s College, Cambridge, he won two university prizes before graduate study at Columbia University, New York, under the late Edward Said. For many years he sat on the governing body of the Freud Museum, London, where he was treasurer and chair of the trustees. He lives with his wife and his otterhound in the shadow of Lincoln Cathedral, not far from the villages where the leaders of the Plymouth Colony were born.