George Courtauld read Philosophy at Cambridge. The son of the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Essex, he has been a headhunter for 13 years. His gift for making history accessible was discovered when he compiled a list of historical events for his sons to hang in the bathroom. It turned into the bestseller The Pocket Book of Patriotism, followed by The Pocket Book of Patriots. His most recent book is England's Best Loved Poems. Courtauld is married with three sons and lives in Colne Engaine, near Colchester, Essex.