Helen Parr is a historian of contemporary Britain. She has always been drawn to stories that don’t quite fit in; and has always been interested in how Britain’s place in the world affects people’s lives. She attended comprehensive schools in Suffolk, County Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne; and studied history at Cambridge and Queen Mary College, University of London. She teaches at Keele University and lives near Stoke-on-Trent. Her essay, The Eurosceptics’ Moment, was co-winner of the inaugural Hennessy Essay Prize, and Our Boys won the Longman History Today Book Prize, the Templer Medal Book Prize, the Wellington Medal for Military History and was longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing.