Simpson, Susan: - Sue Simpson's first love is history. After teaching 'A' level History for 30 years in a large Sixth Form College near Southampton, she left teaching to pursue a doctorate at Southampton University. Her only other publication is Sir Henry Lee (1513-1611): Elizabethan Courtier, published by Ashgate. Under the Fig Tree is her first novel. Her next project will be a historical novel. Her principal area of writing to date has been the local village pantomime.