Roy Moxham is the author of the acclaimed The Great Hedge of India and Tea: Addiction, Exploitation and Empire. He was born and brought up in Evesham, Worcestershire. After working for a while on a Herefordshire fruit farm, he went out to Africa in 1961 as a tea planter. He spent 13 years in Eastern Africa before returning to London. He became Senior Conservator of the University of London Library and also taught in the Institute of English Studies. Since 2005 he has devoted most of his time to writing and giving talks. He currently spends half of the year in London and the other half travelling, principally in India.