poet, novelist, and editor, born in Worthing and educated at Merton College, Cambridge. His volumes of poetry include Edward Thomas in Heaven (1974), An Enchantment (1991), Collected Poems (1992), and Something About (2004). Novels include A Song and Dance (1968), A Happy Man (1972), Rebel for Good (1980), and Only by Mistake (1986). The Perfect Stranger (1966) is a moving account of his life up to the sudden death of his first wife Sally, daughter of R. Lehmann, in 1958. His other works include Finding Connections (1990), which pursues his family's past in Australia and New Zealand, Voices in Ireland: A Traveller's Literary Companion (1994), and A Kind of Journal: 1987–2002 (2003). He edited the Collected Poems of Ivor Gurney (1982).