BILL NAUGHTON (1910-1992) was born in Ireland and raised in Bolton, eventually settling on the Isle of Man with his Austrian wife, Erna. Having left school at fourteen, he worked as a weaver, a coalbagger and a lorry driver. He first made a name for his writing with his contributions to Lilliput. During the late 1950s he wrote a series of documentary dramas for the BBC. Films and plays followed, including "Spring and Port Wine, The Family Way", and the movie of his most famous book, "Alfie".