Iain Pears was born in Coventry in 1955. Educated at Wadham College, Oxford, he has worked as a journalist, an art historian and a television consultant. He is the author of An Instance of the Fingerpost, The Dream of Scipio and Stone’s Fall. He has also written several highly praised detective novels, a book of art history, and countless articles on artistic, financial and historical subjects. His latest book, Arcadia, has been adapted into an app for iPhone and iPad in conjuction with Touchpress.