Leo Tolstoy was a Russian author, a master of realistic fiction and one of the world's greatest novelists. Maxim Larin was born in 1971, and lives and works in Kiev, Ukraine. He is an illustrator, character designer and painter, illustrating books, magazines and video games. He also has a private art studio where he teaches children and adults painting and drawing. Tony Evans started his career as a high school English teacher, and has a Masters Degree in Literary Research from Lancaster University. After working as a Deputy Headteacher in Bristol he became a school inspector and educational consultant, based in Leeds. He is now a full-time writer and lives with his wife in the Yorkshire Dales. Tony has a particular interest in Victorian literature and culture. His publications include a collection of detective stories set late nineteenth century England, as well as co-authorship of a book on steam locomotives and several books in the Real Reads series of re-told classics.