Anna Nicholas lives in rural Mallorca between sea and mountains with her husband, son and a menagerie of animals that include hens, cockerels, frogs, a toad, donkeys, cats and many wee hidden beasties. She is a wild Celt being of Irish, Scottish and Welsh extraction.
An eccentric childhood resulted in her spending long summer holidays rattling around in the back of a battered old Renault, visiting off the map destinations around the world on a shoe string with her sister Cecilia, teacher mother Barney, and two extraordinary teacher maiden aunts, Minny and Della. Adventures included deflated igloo tents, village idiots, sleeping in sunflower fields and being taken in by benevolent strangers.
After studying English and Classics at Leeds University, Anna became senior press officer for Help the Aged, often handling fundraising events involving the charity's patron, Princess Diana. She then joined the Guinness Book of Records working with the brilliant Norris McWhirter, CBE, the book's founder, judging bizarre and extraordinary records around the world, before joining a luxury aromatics and bathroom company in Jermyn Street. Some years later she successfully ran her own travel and luxury lifestyle PR agency in Mayfair, London.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society having participated in several tough global scientific expeditions with her friend veteran explorer, Colonel John Blashford-Snell, OBE. Together they organised an expedition to carry a grand piano to the Wai Wai, a remote Amerindian tribe in Guyana, that was the subject of a BBC2 television documentary.
Anna has run eight international marathons, raising money for charitable causes that include orphanages in Sri Lanka which she visits whenever she can, and for SES, the Scientific Exploration Society, founded by Colonel Blashford-Snell. Anna will run the Venice marathon in October 2016 for SES. Her website is at www.anna-nicholas.com She can be tweeted at MajorcanPearls and has a regular column at Telegraph Expat www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/