Sir Robert Alistair McAlpine is the author of many successful books, including The New Machiavelli (1998). In the 1970s and 1980s, he served as Treasurer of the European Democratic Union and Vice President of the European League for Economic Cooperation. He was Deputy Chairman of the Concervative and Unionist Party. McAlpine has also devoted much of his life to the commercial side of the performing and fine arts. He has served on the boards of numberous other charitable organizations and is a member of the House of Lords. he spends his time between France, Italy, America, Australia, and England.
Kate Dixey has a deliberately varied career, working as a Costume Deisgner since 1979 with the BBC and ITV Independent Television Companies, Feature Films, numerous Film Production Companies, and Advertising Agencies. Beginning in 1985, Kate worked on commercials designing and styling on major campaigns for companies such as British Airways, AT&T, BP, Midland Bank, and Nestle. During this period, Kate completed her stuies in Integrated Chinese Medicine qualifying as an Acupuncturist and runs a private practice in London. Kate has lectured at the Cranfield School of Management, and the London School of Business. Kate resides in London.