Stuart Laycock studied Classics at Cambridge University. He has worked as a writer in advertising, marketing and TV. He is a charity trustee and spent time doing aid work in Bosnia and Kosovo during the wars there. He has done extensive work on the significance, distributions and regional design groupings of buckles from the late Roman period in Britain and has published a number of articles and a book on them. He put together his first hand observation of ethnic conflict in the Balkans with original research on the end of Roman Britain to come up with the theories behind two books, Britannia - The Failed State and Warlords. Britannia - The Failed State was nominated by Current Archaeology for Book of the Year 2009. His most recent book UnRoman Britain, co-authored with Dr. Miles Russell of Bournemouth University and described by Tom Holland in the Sunday Times as ‘thrillingly provocative’, investigates why and how Rome’s influence on Britain was comparatively light and how that had dramatic consequences for the course of British history. He is currently working on a follow-up to UnRoman Britain and ideas for a fiction series on Roman Britain. Member of the Roman Society. He is married, with two children.