Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth's passion for wildlife started when she was a toddler and led to smuggling roadkill into the house, much to her mother's disgust - she prefers flowers. As a child she loved aquatic activities too. She was a proud silver medallist in the Kingston Ladies Swimming Club learners one length backstroke race aged 13. Last summer she swam across a Norwegian fjord.
Jane left South London suburbia to bag a zoology degree in Plymouth before setting off on a six-month long overland trip to Nepal. That first expedition gave her a new mission: to work towards improving the lot of the poor. After qualifying as a parasitologist (from Oxford University) and as a doctor of medicine (Southampton University) she spent eleven years working on various child survival projects in remote corners of Asia. During her time in Nepal she helped set up aid to communities hit by disastrous flooding.
These days she lives in Cambridgeshire with her husband, sons, two dwarf rabbits, an exceedingly lazy Syrian hamster and a selection of inert stick insects. She works as a GP and does a bit of medical student teaching. As a balance to clinical work she writes life-affirming prose with exotic themes. Jane has three travel health guides in print as well as two memoirs, one set in Madagascar, the other in Nepal. She continues to write extensively on travel and health including on occasion for The Independent newspapers, The Guardian and other key national and international publications. She has written health features for Wanderlust magazine since issue one - that is 150 in all - and has contributed health chapters to innumerable Bradt travel guides.
To celebrate the start of 2014, Jane launched a novel - her first. It is set in Nepal and those who have read "A Glimpse of Eternal Snows" will recognise the scenery as well as some of the characters. It is out as a kindle and in book form.
Her author website with a photo gallery is www.wilson-howarth.com.
The latest author photo is thanks to Jason Heath Lancy of GP Magazine