Neil McDonald became a grandmaster in 1996 and a FIDE trainer in 2017. He is a regular coach of the England Junior team at international events. Neil has written numerous books on openings, endgames, tactics and strategy as well as biographies of famous players. He lives in Gravesend in Kent, England.
I enjoyed this book. It has quite a relaxed chatty pace to it, a little like having an informal session with an experienced player about certain important subjects which doesn't cost you too much effort as a reader, although it get's harder if you try to solve all the exercises McDonald sets you! -- Matthew Sadler, New in Chess Magazine