Born in London in 1904,
she was entranced as a child by a mysterious Russian, later her lover,
who instilled a love of the exotic.
She became features editor of Vogue,
then married the writer Romain Gary who took her to Bulgaria and the US,
where she wrote a cult book which pioneered a new approach to history writing.
Now 101, she is writing a new volume of memoirs
The Guardian Review pp. 20-21 9.7.2005