Zina Rohan was born in London to parents who were both refugees. She studied Russian and Chinese in Edinburgh and then moved to London to complete her degree in Chinese where she also edited a magazine on Afro-Asian affairs and married an Iranian fellow student. In 1978 she joined the BBC World Service to write daily talks and make documentary features. In 1981 she married her second husband, a Czech radio journalist. Whilst he was barred from returning to Czechoslovakia she visited his friends and family every year on his behalf. She still lives in London with her husband and three children.
This info taken from book jacket.