Ferdinand Mount was born in 1939. He is the former editor of the TLS and columnist for the Sunday Times. He is the author of The Liquidator, Umbrella, The Subversive Family, The British Constitution Now, Jem (and Sam), The Man Who Rose Ampersand, Of Love and Asthma, Heads You Win, The Condor’s Head, Mind the Gap, and a memoir Cold Cream. His novel Fairness was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2001. His most recent book Prime Movers on twelve great thinkers from Pericles to Gandhi was published by Simon & Schuster in 2018.