Frederick Lees served in the RAF during the war and afterwards studied at Liverpool and London Universities. He then joined the Colonial Service and served in the Federation of Malaya. Subsequently he entered the British Diplomatic Service which took him back to South East Asia. The last part of his career in Asia was spent in the Asian Development Bank in Manila. He now lives with his wife in Rye, Sussex, UK, where he has founded a theatre movement to celebrate the works of John Fletcher, the Jacobean Rye dramatist.