R.M. Cartmel is a Military brat, born in occupied Germany. Educated in the southwest of England, he learned conversational Latin and how to handle a rifle in case the Russians came. He alarmed himself by being good at both of those, so studied Medicine at Oxford University, and at the same time practiced the art of writing. The Richebourg Affair was his first published novel, followed this summer by its sequel, The Charlemagne Connection.