Frances Whitehead was working for the BBC in London when Stott asked her to become his secretary. For 55 years she was his right hand: gatekeeper, administrator, typist, encourager and enabler. In his Will, Stott named her as his ‘friend and Executor’. Their partnership – unique, effective, and not without humour – has been described as ‘one of the greatest Christian partnerships of the 20th century’. But what lay behind the dogged determination, fiercely protective streak, occasional imperious tone, and ready, warm laughter Frances brought to her role? This book tracks her life and glimpses her ancestry to find the answer. JEM Cameron, MA FRSA, has served on the boards of three of John Stott’s initiatives. She is Director of Publishing for the Lausanne Movement, and lives in Oxford.