About the Author:
Charles Close is a graduate of the University of East Anglia where he read Social Sciences, majoring in economics and economic history. He has worked in a number of jobs including teaching and journalism. His published work includes local books and articles on Portsmouth, Havant, Hayling Island, Southampton, Aylesbury and Buckingham, as well as books on transport subjects. As a journalist he was involved in the campaign to reopen the Oxford-Cambridge line in the 1980s.