Virginia Ironside has been a writer and journalist all her life and now has a weekly column on the Independent newspaper. She has written on Anna Kavan. She was born in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and lived in Notting Hill until the Seventies, when prices forced her into neighbouring Shepherd’s Bush, a move from which she has never recovered. As further reading she recommends two books about Anna Kavan: The Case of Anna Kavan by David Callard (1992) and A Stranger on Earth: The Life and Work of Anna Kavan by Jeremy Reed (2006).