Lois Shepheard is an Australian of Scottish parentage. A professional musician who studied in Australia and also with Dr Shinichi Suzuki in Japan, Lois was a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and has taught at various schools and tertiary institutions in NSW and Victoria. For a time she was Professor of Viola and Director of the Suzuki Programme at Western Illinois University in the US. Recent exploration into her family’s Scottish history led her to research Dr Alexander Skinner, the subject of this book. Lois’s first book on things Scottish, The Rag Boiler’s Daughter, won the 2011 IP Picks Award for Creative Non-fiction. Other books by Lois Shepheard published by IP: Memories of Dr Shinichi Suzuki – Son of His Environment and Black McIntosh to Gold.