Edward Wake-Walker, born in 1952, is the great nephew of Barbara Bertram, the central figure in A House for Spies. The son of a Royal Navy officer, he was educated at Marlborough College and Aix-en-Provence University.
After two and a half years sampling the City’s reinsurance broking world, he joined the staff of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 1975. There, after a spell of organising volunteer fund raisers, he moved to public relations. He spent some years as editor of The Lifeboat magazine before becoming PR Director, a position he held for 16 years.
On leaving the RNLI in 2002 he became a full-time writer and has published five books on the history of saving lives at sea as well as A House for Spies and the Owners Workshop Manual for the Westland Lysander.
He is currently working on the biography of his grandfather, Admiral Sir Frederic Wake-Walker, who played a leading role off the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940 and in the pursuit of the Bismarck the following year. Edward lives with his wife on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset.
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