Horatio Morpurgo grew up in Devon and frequently visited west Cornwall as a child. Educated at Cambridge and Edinburgh, as a reporter he later covered oil-spills in Spain, revolutions in Ukraine, road-schemes in Dorset and pretty much everything in between. He has written longer essays on the history of Penguin Books, the Victorian polymath Samuel Butler, the educationalist Paul Goodman, the philosopher Mary Midgley and the poet Ted Hughes. Returning to the South West, he was involved with the campaign which closed sixty square miles of Lyme Bay to the scallop dredgers in 2008. He has written for The Ecologist about the bay’s recovery since.