After graduating from the University of Cambridge, Jane Dismore taught English and Drama and wrote freelance features for well-known women's magazines. A complete change of lifestyle saw her running private yachts in the Mediterranean, from where she wrote travel articles and presented for the British Forces Broadcasting Service. Back in the UK she re-qualified as a solicitor and worked in private practice but continued to write in her free time, focusing on historical and biographical subjects. Her most recent book is Duchesses: Living in 21st Century Britain, which looks at the lives of today's non-royal duchesses and their chosen predecessors. She now writes full-time, contributing features to magazines and history websites and has also been published in The Times and The Daily Telegraph.