Professor Patrick Masterson was President and Professor of Philosophy at University College Dublin. He was President of the European University Institute in Florence between 1994 and 2002. His numerous academic publications include Atheism and Alienation, which was translated into Japanese. He is a Chevalier dans la Confrèrie des Chevaliers Vignerons de Saint-Christophe. Patrick has himself chaired several international quality-appraisal committees, so knows whereof he speaks. Quality Time at St Chinian is his first novel.