Ian Walthew was born in England and has lived in France since 2005. After completing a post-graduate degree in international relations from the University of Amsterdam, Ian worked in the newspaper industry in Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris, working for the Dutch financial daily Het Financieele Dagblad and the International Herald Tribune. In 2000 he returned to England after 10 years abroad, ended his newspaper career and unexpectedly moved to the Cotswolds. His critically acclaimed book A Place In My Country, about his return to England and his time in the Cotswolds, was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 2007. Bagshawe Books is publishing an e-book edition of A Place in My Country in January, 2015.