David Jones was born in 1941 in the industrial north. The factories have all gone now and the trees and woodlands have been allowed to thrive, providing a home for many kinds of British wildlife. Cycle paths and nature trails now cover the neighbourhood where both red and grey squirrels can be seen to live in close proximity and they don't even squabble. We have badgers, stoats and weasels, and occasionally we will get a visit from a fox. This is the environment that provided the inspiration for this story.