Lisa St Aubin de Terán was born in London in 1953, left England at the age of sixteen and, with her exiled Venezuelan husband, travelled extensively through Europe for two years before returning to his family home in the Andes. For seven years, she ran her husband’s sugar and avocado estate, the experiences of which form the background of her first novel, Keepers of the House, which won the Somerset Maugham Award. In 1983, she was voted one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. Her other novels include The Slow Train to Milan (winner of the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize) and Otto. She has also published two memoirs, collections of short fiction and poetry.