Kenneth Grahame was born in 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. As a young man he wished to study at Oxford, however it was decided that this was too expensive. Instead he joined The Bank of England, where he eventually rose to the position of Bank Secretary. He worked for The Bank of England throughout his adult life, until his early retirement in 1908. Grahame married Elspeth Thomas in 1899 and they had one son, Alastair (born 1900). It was for Alastair that the stories which became the The Wind in the Willows (1908) were first written. The novel won legions of fans around the world but Grahame never tried to replicate its success and effectively retired from writing on its publication. Kenneth Grahame’s earlier works include: Pagan Papers (1893); The Golden Age (1895); Dream Days (which includes the famous short story, The Reluctant Dragon) (1898) and The Headswoman (1898). He died in 1932.