About this author
Helen and Neil Matthews have lived in Prestwood, in south Buckinghamshire, since 1991. Helen is an academic manager at one of the UK’s largest universities, while Neil is a Chartered Marketer and works for a heritage association. Both hold PhDs in history; Helen’s thesis focused on the illegitimate children of medieval English nobility and gentry while Neil researched the Polytechnic Touring Association, a leading UK travel agency of the 19th and 20th centuries. They have travelled widely, with highlights including piranha fishing on the Orinoco and acting as bridesmaid and accessory to a wedding in Pakistan. Neil is a past winner of the Bradt/Independent on Sunday travel writing competition and the author of Journeys from Wimbledon Common (2012, Palace Park Press) and Victorians and Edwardians abroad (2016, Pen & Sword).