Jill Lawless began her career in journalism as a music writer,
confidently predicting that a little-known French-Canadian singer
Celine Dion would never go anywhere. She moved on to become a leading
Toronto theatre critic (1991-1997) and was dubbed 'a blonde monument
banality' by a prominent director.
After that she jumped at the chance to live in Ulaanbaatar (1997-1999),
the world's coldest and remotest capital city. Lawless spent two
Mongolia, a country trading in stifling Stalinism for slapdash capitalism,
hoping to swap Ladas and Lenin for Mercedes and the IMF - and ending
with Russian Coke and Chinese Marlboros, all the while trying to
its Buddhist and nomadic roots.
During her time in Mongolia, Lawless was stranded in the Gobi desert,
thrown from a succession of horses, x-rayed, mugged and forced to
mutton; she traveled thousands of miles by jeep, Toyota Landcruiser,
Russian airplane, horse and camel.
She also edited the country's only independent English-language
newspaper, the UB Post, and supplied articles on Mongolia to Agence
France-Presse, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Guardian, Deutsche
radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
She lives with her husband in London and works as
a journalist (click here to read
some of her dispatches).
You can also read more about Jill and see another photo
of the elusive author at Summersdale