Tony Atkinson was born in London in 1929. He worked as a casual footman for the Royal family and as a waiter in London while he was training to be a doctor at Guy’s Hospital. Tony and his wife, Terry, brought their young family to Australia in 1962, and they settled in the northern suburbs of Melbourne where he practised as a specialist anaesthetist until 2014. He is a former President of the Medico-Legal Society.
Lynn Smailes is a Melbourne writer, teacher, manuscript editor, reviewer and writing mentor. She was the President of the Victorian branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers for five years, and the editor of The Australian Writer for three years.