Nicholas Hagger was born in 1939 and read English Literature at Oxford. He lectured at universities in Iraq, Japan (where he was a professor) and Libya in the 1960s. He wrote for the Times and taught in London. He acquired three schools and set up the Oak-Tree Group of Schools. He bought Otley Hall and for seven years ran it as a historic house. He is the author of more than 35 books. He lives in Essex and now devotes the greater part of his life to writing. See Life for further details.