Jos Scharrer was born in East London, South Africa and initially became a journalist. After marrying Richard Scharrer, the son of the Dutch Resistance hero Henry, who features significantly in this book, she lived for four years in Holland before returning to South Africa. She has had a highly successful career in advertising culminating in founding and building up her own agency Scharrer Advertising into one of the largest independents. Along the way she has won numerous prestigious international awards. Her agency still operates today while Jos is spending more time writing. This is her second published work. Her first The Journalist is a biography of Flora Shaw, later Lady Lugard, who has been an important inspiration to Jos. Jos has three children and six grandchildren.