Maurice Jones is an award-winning journalist who first shot to infamy in 1977 with the shortest defection in history: three and a half weeks in East Germany, en route to the Soviet Union. Maurice spent twelve years working for the National Union of Mineworkers, including the tumultuous year of the 1984-85 strike when he edited the NUM paper, The Miner. In 1991, two years after leaving the NUM, Jones won the coveted Newspaper Society Yorkshire Journalist of the Year Award. A private pilot for over 20 years, he currently lives in Lancashire and spends part of the year on a small island in Finland, where he does much of his writing. Maurice has been married to his Finnish wife, Leena, for over 40 years and they have one daughter.