started hiscareer as a biochemist before joining the Royal Marines.Having left the Navy, hewent back to University andcompleted a BA and PhDin Ancient History at theUniversity of Newcastle. Hewas Assistant Director at theBritish School of Archaeology,Athens, and then a lecturerin Ancient History at theUniversity of Edinburgh. Nicis now a freelance author andresearcher based in south-westFrance.
DELF began his careerworking in a London art studioproducing artwork foradvertising and commercialpublications. Since 1972, he hasworked as a freelance illustratoron a variety of subjects includingnatural history, architecture andtechnical cutaways. Some of hisrecently illustrated books havebeen published in over 30countries. Brian lives and worksin Oxfordshire.