JAN MORRIS (b 1926 )
Jan Morris was born in 1926 of a Welsh father and an English mother, and educated at Lancing and Christ Church, Oxford. After military service during World War Two (which first took her to Venice) she spent ten years as a foreign correspondent for the Times and the Guardian, before becoming a full-time writer in the 1960s. Since then she has written some 40 books of history, travel, biography and fiction. She lives at the top left corner of Wales.