Born and raised in London, Diana Preston studied Modern History at Oxford University, where she first became involved in journalism. After earning her degree, she became a freelance writer of feature and travel articles for national UK newspapers and magazines and has subsequently reviewed books for a number of publications, including "The Wall Street Journal" and "The Los Angeles Times." She has also been a broadcaster for the BBC and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and has been featured in various television documentaries.
"A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: Explorer, Naturalist and Buccaneer: The Life of William Dampier "(Walker & Company, April 2004) is a new biography of the 17th-century British explorer, naturalist, scientist, pirate and buccaneer William Dampier coauthored by Diana and her husband, Michael Preston.
Diana's decision to write "popular" history led her to "The Road to Culloden Moor: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the '45 Rebellion" (Constable UK, 1995). It was followed by "A First Rate Tragedy: Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole" (Houghton Mifflin, 1998), "The Boxer Rebellion" (Walker & Company, 2000), and "Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy" (Walker & Company, 2002).
When not writing, Diana and Michael are avid travelers. Together, they have sojourned throughout India, Asia, Africa, and Antarctica, and have climbed Mount Kinabalu in Borneo, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and Mount Roraima in Venezuela. Their adventures have also included gorilla-tracking in Zaire and camping their way across the Namibian desert. They live in London, England.show more