Sigismond Tucker, author of FROM THE LAND OF DIAMONDS TO THE ISLE OF SPICE, was born in Hastings, Sierra Leone in 1944, and grew up in Freetown, Congo Town and Murray Town. He was educated at the WAM Collegiate Secondary School and worked as a Clerk to the Justices in the Supreme Courts Masters Office prior to travelling to England in August 1971 to pursue further studies. He gained both a National Diploma in Business and PublicAdministration at the Bolton Technical College, and an HND in Personnel Management at the Stockport College of Technology. He worked as a civil servant in the Unemployment Benefit Office, West Didsbury from 1976 to 1983, and later gained a BA (Hons.) degree in Political Studies from the Manchester Metropolitan University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance and Education at the East London University, before his appointment as the Community Careers Adviser in the Moss Side District of Manchester. He moved to London in January1988 to work for Brent Education Careers Service. Finally, he joined the London Borough of Southwark, Connexions Service in January 2005 working for the Prospects Careers Limited in Schools, Communities and Training Providers as a Personal Adviser until he retired in October 2009. He is married to Joan who moved to England from the spice Island of Grenada, and worked in the NHS as a Senior Staff Nurse. They have two grown up daughters, and a late son Joe who sadly passed away at an early age.