David Crane read History and English at Oxford University, and then went on to become a lecturer at universities in Holland, Japan and Africa. Now a full-time writer, David Crane's first book, Lord Byron's Jackal was published to great acclaim in 1998. His second, The Kindness of Sisters, published in 2002, is a groundbreaking work of romantic biography. His last book for Harper Collins was the highly acclaimed Scott of the Antarctic (2005). He lives in north-west Scotland.