Name: Victoria Hislop
Victoria Hislop was born in Kent and grew
up in Tonbridge. She read English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford,
and later worked in book publishing and then public relations.
When she became a mother in 1990, it was the catalyst for
a change of career and she began working as a freelance journalist,
specialising in features on parenting and education. When
one of the magazines she was writing for asked her to do a
piece on Australia, she branched into travel journalism and
has since been to every continent. She has written on everything
from white-water rafting on the Colorado River, horse-trekking
across the Andes, elephant-riding in India and climbing the
Great Wall of China, to buying lingerie in Paris, shoes in
Florence and couture in Rome.