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Mary Earnshaw

Mary Earnshaw was born in Lancashire, grew up in Yorkshire and read history at Oxford – which is why finding herself working in technical journalism was a bit of a surprise. She went on to various roles in management and consultancy before spending a memorable time as a director of a regional utility company. She has written on a freelance basis throughout her career which allows her the flexibility to travel to Zambia with her archaeologist husband, Professor Larry Barham, whenever she can.

Mary's first trip to Africa took her to Zimbabwe and South Africa on behalf of international electronics company Philips when she was living and working in the Netherlands. She met Larry in Swaziland when he was camp manager for an archaeological excavation near the Mozambique border. For the last 19 years Mary has been visiting Zambia, the setting for A Wake of Vultures, which is the first of a planned series. The picture was taken when she was helping to analyse iron age pottery in Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa.