About the author

Author - Richard Graham

RICHARD GRAHAM was born in Yorkshire in 1945 and lives in London. At Rugby School in the primitive early 1960s, without the distractions of television, Richard became a bit of a swot and an avid reader. He won an open scholarship in Modern Languages to Pembroke College, Oxford, where in 1966 he neglected his studies of law to write and self-publish At Your Own Convenience: A Guide to Oxford’s Loos.

He qualified as a solicitor but never practised, and became a self-employed businessman and entrepreneur, while continuing creative writing and indulging his passions for good food, skiing and golf. His children’s story Jack and the Monster (Andersen Press, 1988) was written about his middle son Jack and achieved international recognition in many foreign editions from France (Gallimard) to Finland and Japan; it was even translated into American (Houghton Mifflin), where Mum became Mom.

Richard has been fascinated by ancient history, myths and legends since his childhood, and has had an interest in archaeology since working as a volunteer on the Masada excavation in Israel during a gap year. He wrote the outline of the story Knight for a Day for his eldest son, Henry, who at the age of 10 felt deprived because, unlike his two younger brothers, he had never had a book written for and about him; his youngest brother George was the eponymous subject of Mum's childcare diary George's First Year (Dr Louise Graham published by Peter Halban, 1992).

Henry was fascinated by magic, knights in armour, castles and buried treasure, and wanted to know about real life in the time of King Arthur. Was Camelot really the last outpost of civilisation amidst the bleak desolation of post-Roman Britain, and why is it still such an inspiration? Henry asked Dad to write an adventure in which he and his dog go back in time to King Arthur's court and meet the Knights of the Round Table.

Twenty years later Richard rediscovered his hand-written story in a notebook, expanded and rewrote it and then had it illustrated.

THE ILLUSTRATOR Lincoln Seligman also won a modern languages scholarship to Oxford and read law. He worked as a shipping lawyer for eight years before jumping ship to become an artist. He designs large-scale suspended atrium sculptures for buildings around the world. He also has regular exhibitions of his paintings in London and New York. His set designs for ballet were to be seen recently at Sadlers Wells and Covent Garden. He has illustrated many books and journals in several countries. He lives in London.