Stephanie Williams was born in Canada, the daughter of an army officer. Her mother was born in China, to an Englishman and a young Russian refugee who had escaped the brutality of the Bolshevik revolution. Stephanie grew up moving constantly across Canada, Europe and the United States, before taking a degree in history at Wellesley College, Massachusetts and becoming a London-based journalist. Out of a three-year stay in Hong Kong, came the commission to write 'Hongkong Bank', the story of the building of Norman Foster’s masterpiece for the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank. This was followed by 'Docklands' in 1993. By this time, perestroika had come to Russia and it was possible to begin to investigate the truth of her Russian grandmother’s tumultuous past. Researching and writing 'Olga’s Story' took ten years. Stephanie's latest book is 'Running the Show: Governors of the British Empire'.