Alan Judd trained as a teacher but instead became a soldier and diplomat. His first novel, A Breed of Heroes (1981), won the Royal Society of Literature’s Winifred Holtby award and was adapted by the BBC into a television film. In 1983, he was named one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. His 1991 novel, The Devil’s Own Work, won the Guardian Fiction Award. He is also the author of two biographies: Ford Madox Ford, which won the Heinemann Award, and The Quest for C, the authorised biography of Mansfield Cumming, founder of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). His most recent book is Dancing with Eva (2006).