Robert Farrington was born in India in 1915 and educated at Dulwich College. He spent much of his life overseas in Hong Kong, the Philippines, East Africa and Spain. While in the Far East he studied the history of the Spanish exploration of the Pacific, and later wrote a historical novel on that subject. He also wrote two thrillers and several short stories for magazines. He spent five years on research into the period and on writing of The Killing of Richard III. Robert Farrington died in 1994 and so, sadly, did not live to hear about the discovery of Richard III's body.