Nicholas Stafford-Deitsch was born in the USA but has lived in the UK since childhood. After Oxford University he worked in merchant banking, venture capital, mail-order and has also been a political advisor and consultant. In 2000 he began writing and a couple of years later he took up illustration. The Toucan Feather, his first published novel, featuring 68 of his hand-drawn illustrations, introduces a symbol called the tocamu for those concerned about the future of mankind. The novel, rich in allegory, is set in a mythical civilization whose people once knew the secret to living in harmony with each other and their world. Drawing upon similarities with modern life, The Toucan Feather presents a compelling alternative to the current Political Social Economic Model that is causing so much suffering and from which there appears to be little prospect of escape. The tocamu philosophy, by reminding us of an ancient wisdom, may just make a difference.