Known for her travel books and biographies of polar explorers, she penned such works as Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica and Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard.
After graduating from Brasenose College of the University of Oxford, she traveled and wrote in Greece and Chile and was subsequently awarded a United States Science Foundation grant to live and write in Antarctica.
She published a 1997 children's work titled Dear Daniel: Letters from Antarctica.
She was born and raised in the southwest English city of Bristol.
Her biography of British explorer Apsley Cherry-Garrard explores the events of the ill-fated, Robert Falcon Scott-led Terra Nova Antarctic Expedition of 1912.