Patrick Barkham was born in 1975 in Norfolk and was educated at Cambridge University. He is a features writer for the Guardian, where he has reported on everything from the Iraq War to climate change. He is the author of The Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of Our Emperors and Admirals and Badgerlands: The Twilight World of Britain's Most Enigmatic Animal. His most recent book is: Coastlands: The story of our shore. He lives in Norfolk.