Leslie Gardner is director of the international literary agency Artellus Limited based in London. An American who transferred from New York, one of the first writers she looked for when she arrived in London years ago was Robert Aickman and they became friends, handling his stories and novels opened up many new avenues. She is the author of several edited collections on rhetoric, and publishes on literary matters in journals; her book Rhetorical Investigations was published in 2010. She has a PhD in rhetoric from a British university, and has a family in London. Her Italian journalist/husband met Aickman several times, initially as a rival, but Robert thought he was one of the few Italians he liked.