Alan Eltron Barrell was born in South Africa in 1983, where his great grandfather was once Senator. He wrote his first book when he was sixteen years old and has been writing ever since. He has lived in several countries around the world, including Kenya, England, Wales, Cyprus, Spain, and Belgium, and enjoys touring America on his various research expeditions. Here his real passion lies, for that phenomenal period of migratory movement that culminated in the great rip-roaring Wild West. As a writer he has a passion for satire and understated humour, and says he developed a pretty good sense of humour the day he discovered his father s father s Godfather was made a pair of sandals by Mahatma Ghandi.