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.
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.