Anthony Longden has been a journalist for more than 35 years, 22 of them spent as a newspaper editor and senior executive. He served on the Press Complaints Commission, is a consultant to the Society of Editors, and a specialist partner for a crisis communications company. He is also a session musician, has appeared at Reading and Glastonbury festivals, and written music for television and films that have either sunk without trace or are generally best forgotten. He can normally be found mining the stacks at the London Library, or out and about in the Colne Valley Regional Park, of which he is a Director. He is married and lives in London.