John Porter took up family history and biography comparatively late in life, after careers in television broadcast engineering, and as a mathematics teacher. On retiring, he worked for a while as a computer consultant. He spends most of his time in research, writing, and giving talks to local history societies.
Dacia Maraini is an Italian writer. Her work focuses on women's issues, and she has written numerous plays and novels, many of which have won awards. She is Yoï Crosse's granddaughter.