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Born in Cyprus, of White Russian parents, Lana der Parthogh had been to eleven different schools in three countries by the age of 17 when she walked into the offices of The Times of Cyprus, a controversial English-language daily during the EOKA uprising in the 1950s, and got her first job as a journalist. For the rest of her life she has worked on newspapers, magazines, radio and television; from a year on Vogue, the fashion magazine in London, to more than two decades running English and foreign-language radio programmes on the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation.

Married to international news photographer, Georges der Parthogh (with whom she has two sons) she was drawn into the politics and human drama of the cataclysmic events in Cyprus and the Middle East during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. She interweaves personal memories of those years with the fascinating and mostly unknown story of how a group of White Russians (including her grandparents) found themselves on a small island in the Mediterranean, a British colony they had never heard of, in 1920, after the Civil War following the 1917 Russian Revolution scattered hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world.