Herman Melville was an American novelist, essayist, and poet, best known for his masterpiece Moby- Dick. Jan Needle is a writer of children's books, plays, criticism, cartoons, TV programmes and a wide range of fiction for adults. He divides his time between Oldham and Manchester. Patrick Benson was born in 1956 and educated at Eton; in Florence, where he studied classical drawing; and at Chelsea Art School. He worked in the fashion business before a chance meeting with the sister of Sebastian Walker (founder of Walker Books) introduced him to the company. Patrick has illustrated for a wide range of authors including Martin Waddell and Roald Dahl, and he also illustrated Fly Fishing by J. R. Hartley, from the well-known television commercial.