About the Author

Ben Simpson farmed in Gloucestershire until 1979, and subsequently worked as an administrator at Wolfson College, Oxford for some 22 years. He served as a magistrate in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire for forty years and on Thames Valley Police Authority for twenty of those. He was awarded the MBE in the 2010 New Year Honours.

He recounts this extraordinary family history, drawing on the work of his brother and many others who have helped to put together a remarkable tale.


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