After studying French and Russian, Pauline Genee (b. 1968) went on to hold a number of positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 2011 she has combined her literary career with freelance work. She first encountered the story of Clever Hans the wonder horse when she took an introductory course in psychology at university and became fascinated by a photograph of old Wilhelm von Osten with his horse and a blackboard full of sums. She describes *Duel with Horse *as an ode to wilfulness.