Sir Roy Strong is the author of many books, on subjects as diverse as history, art and gardening. He is acclaimed as a consultant on garden design, as a lecturer, critic, columnist and media personality. Born in London in 1935 and educated at Queen Mary College, University of London and the Warburg Institute, Roy joined the staff of the National Portrait Gallery in 1959 and became Director in 1967. He was Director of the V&A Museum from 1974 to 1987 when he resigned to become a full-time writer, broadcaster and consultant. His many books include The Story of Britain, Gloriana, Feast and The Laskett. He is High Bailiff and Searcher of the Sanctuary of Westminster Abbey.