<b>Annabelle Thorpe</b> has been a travel and features journalist for over twenty years, spending six years on <i>The Times</i> Travel desk, before becoming deputy travel editor for Express Newspapers, and then taking the same role at the <i>Observer</i>. She was named one of the top 50 travel writers in the UK and has visited almost sixty countries, including crossing China by train, driving solo across the Omani desert, and nearly getting run over in Tripoli. Her first novel, <i>The People We Were Before</i>, was set in the Croatian civil war of the 1990s, her second, <i>What Lies Within</i>, is set in Marrakech. She has also written two travel books. Home is rural Sussex, with her husband and cat, although she remains a Londoner at heart.