Frank Binder, who based this book on his experiences as a lecturer in English studies at Bonn University from 1922 to 1933, could have been a British spy, being exceptionally well qualified for the task. Sixty years on, the Secret Service still refuses to name its agents. However Binder was forced to flee his beloved Germany, leaving behind his priceless collection of books and all his possessions, for refusing to say the mandatory ‘Heil Hitler!’ His adherence to his principles as a conscientious objector had similarly led to his imprisonment on Dartmoor during The Great War.
A graduate of Liverpool University, he had two books published in his lifetime – A Journey in England (1931) and Dialectic (1932). He left Germany in 1937 and became a teacher at Scarborough Boys High School.
He died in 1962 at the age of 68. His daughter, Elsie Binder, who looked after the manuscript, lives in London.