Neil Hall’s love of history was spawned by an inspirational teacher. Early lessons on the Great War, which killed two of his great uncles, made a vivid impact. Education at Marlborough College led to long cycle rides in the Wiltshire countryside and a familiarity with Salisbury. Years in London as an entrepreneur followed, with many ups and downs. A compulsive scribbler, Neil’s topsy-turvy life is described in his first book, An English Baby Boomer: My Life and Times. He is married and lives in Wiltshire.