Luke Bitmead studied at Radley College before going on to the University of Reading where he took a B.A. in philosophy. He travelled extensively, living and working in Hong Kong, Australia and Uruguay and spending long periods in South East Asia. Not the career type, he worked in video and records stores, as an electrician, as a roofer, as a TEFL teacher and, most glamorously, as a forecourt attendant, always making new friends wherever he went with his friendly outgoing nature. Luke was a lover of the arts. He was a talented musician and he played the drums in many bands since school, most recently for a rock band called The Space Between in Oxford. His favourite film was Sideways. His favourite novel was High Fidelity by Nick Hornby and his favourite food was Thai, of which he was an excellent cook. Originally from Wiltshire, Luke lived in Gloucestershire from 1998 where much of WHITE SUMMER is set, before moving to Summertown, in Oxford in May 2006. He was working on several sequels to WHITE SUMMER and setting up an independent film production company, Triple Threat Films before his tragic death on 27th October 2006 aged 34 years.