Mark J. Davies
Mark is an Oxford local historian and guide, with a special interest in the history and literature of the non-University aspects of the city. He has written and published several local interest books with a focus on the city’s waterways, its castle, and the influence of the River Thames on Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’. His biography of James Sadler – “King of all Balloons”: the Adventurous Life of James Sadler, First English Aeronaut – was published in November 2015. Fully illustrated, the book is also a tribute to Sadler’s tragically short-lived balloonist son, Windham, who himself made more than thirty ascents, including in Ireland and Scotland.