David Wheldon was born in Moira, Leicestershire, then an active mining village, in 1950. His father was a schoolmaster, his mother a nursing sister. He attended Sidcot, a Quaker school. He was the author of five novels: The Viaduct, The Course of Instruction, A Vocation, At the Quay and Days and Orders, and a short story collection, The Guiltless Bystander. He died in 2021.