Andrew Bradford was born in Edmonton, North London in 1948. He is married, with two adult daughters and lives in Hertfordshire. Now semi-retired, his career was spent in information technology in the banking and investment industry, and he is the author of ‘The Investment Industry for IT Practitioners: an Introductory Guide’; one of the standard textbooks on how information technology is used in the banking and investment industry.
Andrew enjoys reading, theatre, music, gardening, photography and travel as well as creative writing; and he has had articles published in ‘The Guardian’ and ‘The Spectator’.
Andrew's parents, Kathy and Charlie Bradford, both caught Polio in the early twentieth century and were seriously disabled as a result. His account details the ways in which they dealt with a society that alternated between kindness towards their situation, and hostility towards their difference. Andrew recounts how Charlie and Kathy defied convention by managing to find work and raise a family, whilst tirelessly campaigning for the rights of people with disabilities. Written with humour and without sentimentality, the novel includes over twenty black and white photographs of the author’s family taken between 1920 and 1980. It will appeal to all those with an interest in history, whilst preserving the spirit of the age for younger generations.