Joanna Hill was born in Oxford and grew up in England before going to New York. In New York she worked at the Institute of Fine Arts, a post graduate school of New York University for the History of Art and Archaeology. With the Institute she spent three seasons (May to the end of August)excavating in the delta of Egypt. 'Hot and mosquito ridden, it was one of the best times of my life!' Subsequently she worked in London and now lives in France. She is the author of two previous biographies and has now produced 'Wellington's Right Hand, Rowland Viscount Hill', the subject being her great, great, great uncle! This man has often been overlooked by historians of the Peninsular War thanks to his lack of greedy ambition but his successes were manifold and that he was clever and resourceful is without doubt. He had a tough time as Commander in Chief of the Army from 1828....he had Reform and the mad Earl of Cardigan to deal with amongst his other problems!
Joanna has also written numerous magazine articles.