Born in Malta of English parents, Noreen Riols lives with her French husband in a seventeenth-century house in a village near Versailles. After the war, she joined the BBC, where she met her husband, a journalist with the World Service. She is the author of ten books, published in Britain, France, Germany, Holland, Norway, and the US. She has written numerous newspaper and magazine articles and for several years contributed features from Paris to Woman’s Hour. She is an experienced public speaker with an impressive list of credits to her name and has also broadcast on radio and television programmes across the world.