Moira Walshe has been researching her maternal grandfather's family for 30 years. She became fascinated with them as a child after hearing stories about them from her mother. She has a lifelong passion for history and had always intended to write a book to provide a permanent record of her research. In 2006, she took a short online course with the Open University entitled 'Start Writing Family History'. In 2014, she completed a BA (Hons) degree in Humanities with Art History and Classical Studies following six years of part-time study, again, with the OU.