George Lassalle claims that while at Worcester College, Oxtord, he was the first person to crash an aircraft on Port Meadow. After university he went abroad and fell in love with Greece and the Greeks. He owned a Greek newspaper till he was ordered to leave the country. Back in England. he ran an estate agency, took possession of a magazine called Our Cats. and then went into music publishing where he found himself in his element, clinking glasses with Fats Waller, Stephane Grappelli et al. During the war, he served in the ranks, first in the Royal Sussex Regiment and then in the Military Police. Commissioned, he worked in Intelligence in Cairo, Palestine, Istanbul and Greece. He has been a toarist guide, journalist, press adviser a foreign embassy, boarding-house keeper, antique dealer and junk stallholder. His first book, The Adventurous Fish Cook, won the Glenfiddich Book of the Year award when it was published. He now lives and writes in Cyprus.