Gwen Brookes has taught over a 40 year period. She trained as a primary French teacher in the early seventies, but on qualifying five years later found that Primary School French had been abandoned. She taught up to A level in secondary schools, returning to primary level when French was reintroduced. She wrote the first French Berthe book in 2006 and, nine French books later, has now produced two titles in Spanish. Recently retired from teaching, Gwen lives with her husband in Oxfordshire and enjoys swimming and painting.