My grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants. My father hailed from Buenos Aires. My mother studied art in Paris in the 1930s. So how come I was born in Stoke Newington?!
In 1946, my family left post-war London for the glamour of the USA. We lived in Los Angeles and New York but my mother was homesick so we returned to Blighty in 1950. I was educated at the Lycée Français, where I learned to flirt fluently in four languages. By the age of 9, I’d danced flamenco under the Spanish stars, picked grapes in the vineyards of Tuscany, eaten Bouillabaisse in the back streets of Marseilles and developed a passion for the art of bullfighting.
In 1964, at age 18, I travelled to Andalucía to work as an interpreter for two journalists writing the life story of the world’s most famous matador, El Cordobés. He brandished his sword at me one dark and sultry night – a heady springboard into adulthood.
At 21, newly-returned to London, I married, had a darling daughter, divorced, married again, had another darling daughter, started my antiques business and moved home 14 times in 19 years.
At 42, freshly-divorced with two teens in tow, I flung myself headlong into the swirling waters of the singles social scene. Younger men became my choice du soir after a life-changing seduction on a ski trip to the Alps.
In 2003, I co-authored my first book: Move Over, Mrs. Robinson -The Vibrant Guide to Dating, Mating and Relating for Women of a Certain Age with Maggi Russell. The chapter which received the most media attention was entitled An Unsuitable Boy. This encouraged me to continue the research that led to my first boudoir memoir: The Toyboy Diaries followed by The Toyboy Diaries 2 – The Daily Male released in the UK, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Russia and Spain.
My first novel, Blood on the Sand, inspired by my experiences as the girlfriend of El Cordobés, is available in Spanish and to download in English on Amazon Kindle.
I am currently working on a lifestyle guide for older women, a Young Adult novel, and am a regular magazine columnist and occasional broadcaster.
The achievements of which I am most proud, however, are my five wonderful, beautiful grandchildren.