Sylvia's family has had connections with India since the days of the East India Company.
She is the fourth and last recent generation to have been born there.
She grew up on a tea estate in Bangladesh, and was taught by her parents until she came to school in England.
Sylvia has worked in London for Vogue, Country Homes and Interiors and London Portrait, and as a freelance for many national newspapers.
She married a conservationist at the end of the 1980s and left the UK to live in Africa and Brussels where she worked for organisations such as the UN and the European Commission.
Since she returned to England she has continued writing and editing fictionand non-fiction, and teaches in Her Majesty’s Prisons.
The Jacaranda Letters is her first book. Her second, Feverfall, based on her years in Africa, will be published in 2018.