Joe Roberts was born in Bath, England, where he still lives with his wife and three sons. Since the publication of his first book, Three Quarters of A Footprint, in 1994 he has visited India many times. He has published three books since Three Quarters of a Footprint including Abdul’s Taxi to Kalighat about Kolkata and a novel about Edward Lear’s visit to India, Bengal, The Cold Weather, 1873. He has also written regularly for The Times, Condé Nast Traveller, National Geographic Traveler and many other magazines. He teaches in the School of Humanities and Cultural Industries at Bath Spa University and is working on a third Indian travel book about Lucknow. His interests are broad, ranging from gastronomy—he is a contributor to The Oxford Companion to Food—to art history, but his real passion is India.