Anita Ganeri was born in Calcutta, India, later emigrating to England with her family, where she attended primary and secondary school. She graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in French/German and Indian Studies. Anita spent many years working in publishing as a foreign rights manager and editor, before becoming a freelance writer. As a highly experienced author of children's informational books, she specialises in the topics of religion, India/Asia, multiculturalism, geography, biography and natural history, and has written over 300 titles. Her best-selling 'Horrible Geography' series won the Geographical Association 'Silver Award' in 1999, and was cited as being 'an innovation that all geographers will applaud'. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society where she conducts most of her research for the books. Anita has also written and edited for several magazines.
Q. Where's the most interesting place you've visited? Q. Madagascar for its amazing wildlife (including lemurs) and Iceland for its earth-shattering earthquakes, volcanoes and icebergs. Q. If you weren't a writer, what job would you like to have? A. A zoologist studying lemurs in Madagascar or a vulcanologist in Iceland or an intrepid explorer almost anywhere. Q. What did you want to be when you grew up? Q. (a) French. (Please don't ask me to explain.) (b) A top tennis player. (Sadly, I'm not tall enough and I'm rubbish at tennis.)