About Hannah Colby…

Hannah Colby was born in Norwich where her father was stationed, serving as an Intelligence officer. After her parents divorced at the end of the war, Hannah and her brother lived in Chelsea with their artist mother.

Hannah went to day school in London.- her brother was away at boarding school – but they spent all their holidays with their American grandmother in Jersey. She learnt to play the piano and viola, although she never became a good musician, she did develop a lifelong passion for both instruments. Her mother taught her to paint and draw, setting up a little easel beside her own. However, she paid little attention to her children’s education and Hannah left school at 15.

Returning from ten years in Africa, her father was horrified by bohemian girl she had grown to be; he sent her to be ‘finished’ in Paris’s chic 16th arrondissement. There, she soon learnt good French and studied French art, architecture, literature and opera, spending the next year going daily to the Sorbonne where she studied for a diploma in French Civilisation.

Hannah married an army officer and had four children. She studied painting in Chelsea with Polish artist, Marian KratochviÍ. After living briefly in Warwickshire, they moved to Suffolk in 1969, where she and her husband set up and ran a day centre for young disabled adults, which is still a going concern. She returned to London, where she taught painting and English as a Foreign Language whilst working at the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre and then for Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC.
In 1990 Hannah moved back to Suffolk and married again. The couple bought a Chartreuse in South West France where Hannah pursued her passion for house renovation and garden design. She continued to paint, concentrating on her favourite subject – the human face – and travelled to Nepal, Australia and Japan.
Sadly forced to sell up in France, Hannah and her husband settled first in the Norfolk countryside and then moved into Norwich, where they still live.

Hannah Colby

A Place of Springs

A Place of Springs is a complex novel of epic scope, which explores the physical and psychological damage inflicted by war.

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