Born in the Isle of Man of Irish/Welsh parentage, Noel Stuart nursed no other ambition than to work with animals. His lifelong passion for all creatures and his interest in complementary medicine for humans and non-humans alike combined to culminate in his eventual choice of career as a veterinary surgeon. Noel's work both as a vet and his second career as a writer is a rich tapestry of down-to-earth practice alongside a sense of healing power beyond science. This is balanced by a great sense of humour running a sparkling thread through all that he writes. Noel has studied such unusually diverse directions as dowsing and the effect of ley lines on cattle. He can claim distinction as being one of the earliest vets of his generation to treat fish and once had the dubious experience of counting an alligator as one of his patients! Noel now enjoys an active semi-retirement in Cornwall. He turns his hand enthusiastically to a wide range of endeavours from 'lollipop man' to school governor and Rotarian. He may be found working with the local writers' group, or travelling the world and being a guru to his many grandchildren.