Jan Morris, who is Anglo-Welsh by parentage, divides her time between her library house in North Wales, he dacha in the Black Mountains of South Wales, and travels abroad. She is an Honorary Fellow of the University College of Wales.
Of her work Paul Theroux has remarked, 'I don't think that there is a writer alive who has Jan Morris's serenity or strength'. Her many publications include: Venice (1960), Oxford (1965), the Pax Britannica trilogy (1968), and The Matter of Wales (1984). She has also published a novel, Last Letters from Hav, which was short-listed for the Booker Prize, as well as books on Hong Kong, Manhatten, and Sydney.