Monica Porter has been a London-
Born in Budapest, Hungary, Monica grew up in New York before moving to London in 1970. Her father was the Hungarian journalist and writer Peter Halasz, and her mother was the popular singer Vali Racz. Although she initially trained to be an actress, Monica began a career in journalism in 1974, with a job as staff writer on the weekly Local Government Chronicle.
Her first book described her rediscovery of her Hungarian roots. The Paper Bridge: A Return to Budapest was published by Quartet in 1981, who reprinted an updated edition in 2009. This was followed by Deadly Carousel: A Singer’s Story of the Second World War (published by Quartet in 1990 and reprinted by Vallentine Mitchell in 2006), about her mother’s heroic exploits during the Holocaust, for which she was named a Righteous Among the Nations. Her third book was Dreams and Doorways: Turning Points in the Early Lives of Famous People (Pan Macmillan, 1993) and the most recent was Long Lost: The Story of the Newspaper Column that Started the Reunion Industry (Quartet, 2010).
Monica has two sons and two grandsons, and lives in north London.