AGE 55

IN 1987 I ENTER ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, GIVE UP DRINKING AND BECOME A SOBER GRANDMOTHER TO PARIS AND JESS. FOR THE FIRST 3 MONTHS I GO TO 3 MEETINGS A DAY TO KEEP AWAY FROM THE BARS AND DRINKING CLUBS, COLONY AND CHELSEA ARTS CLUB, PLACES I LOVE SO MUCH BUT WHERE I AM TO SCARED IíLL PICK IP A DRINK AND CONTEMPLATE SUICIDE AGAIN. I AM NOW TOTALLY CELIBATE AND LOVING IT. MY PAINTING RETURNS AFTER 25 YEARS OF BOOZING. AS A LANDSCAPE PAINTER I SEEK INSPIRATION IN EXOTIC CLIMES. FIRST THE ARCTIC, WHICH I WROTE UP AND ILLUSTRATERD,AND SHOWED IN AN EXHIBITION FOR THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH. THEN TAHITI HITTING THE GAUGIN TRAIL FOR THE AMERICAN EXPRESS MAGAZINE(GOLD AND NORMAL ISSUES). THEN EGYPT AND A TRIP DOWN THE NILE FOR THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER. WITH THE PROCEEDS OF THESE AND NOW FREQUENT Appearences on television i have sold my flat and have been renting properties around chelse,including a cuton built studio for my paintinfgs.

I BECOME A TRAVEL WRITER FOR NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES.

AND I ROAM THE GLOBE ON MY OWN , BEING PAID TO DO SO. ONE THING FEEDS INTO ANOTHER. I FALL PASSIONATELY IN LOVE WITH INDIA AND THOUGH I SWORE THAT I WOULD NEVER OWN PROPERTY AGAIN BECAUSE OF THE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND LIMITATIONS ON MY FREEDOM I DID FEEL A NEED TO ESTABLISH ROOTS IN INDIA AND MADE ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE BANK FOR A LOAN OF 10,000 OVER TWO YEARS WITH A REGULAR MONTHLY REPAYMENT. THIS I HONOURED BY  WRITING MY FIRST AUTOBIOGRAPHY, PROMOTING THE SA,ES THROUGH COUNTLESS INTERVIEWS IN THE MEDIA, THIS WAS MY PROFILE RAISED ONCE MORE..THEN I GAVE IT BACK TO INDIA. SOMETHING MADE ME UNCOMFORTABLE ABOUT OWNING PROPERTY THERE, LIKE AN ANCIENT AND AUTOCRATIC RAJ, AN OLD TORY COLONIAL. I CHOSE TO BUY ANOTHER HOUSE IN MY PLACE OF BIRTH, PONTYCYMMER THE DREAM I HAD ALWAYS HARBOURED. SO I LEFT LONDON, THOUGH NOT ENTIRELY. I STILL HAD THE STUDIO IN PARK WALK, CHELSEA. WE HAD A TRAGIC FAMILY SITUATION DOWN IN WALES MY BROTHER IN LAW, SISTER SALLYíS HUSBAND WAS SUFFERING A SLOW DENISE FRON CANCER AND I WANTED TO BE ON HAND TO LEND EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL SUPPORT TO MY SISTER.