Born in Italy, Gaia Servadio has spent most of her life in England. Gaia’s first novel became an international best-seller. Her career has been varied – from restaurant critic to theatre and art critic to politics. She has also written on international politics, was considered an expert on the Mafia, writing three books on the subject, besides making two documentaries for the BBC. She was a war-correspondent and has had exhibitions of her paintings in Rome and Milan.