Dr Helen Scales fell in love with the oceans during childhood visits to Cornwall. At 16 she learnt to scuba dive and went on to become a marine biologist, living and working in many countries including in Malaysia, Madagascar, Fiji and Australia. While exploring the underwater world, Scales discovered a passion for writing. Among her highly acclaimed books are the Guardian bestseller Spirals in Time, The Brilliant Abyss and The Great Barrier Reef. Scales appears regularly on BBC radio and presents the Catch Our Drift podcast. She lives in Cambridge, England and the wild Atlantic coast of France.