travel writer and novelist, born in Somerset of Anglo‐Welsh descent, educated at Christ Church, Oxford. Morris (as James Morris) served in the army with the 9th Lancers, then travelled widely while working (until 1961) as a foreign correspondent. Her many travel books range from the Middle East, Everest, Hong Kong, Sydney, Venice, Oxford, and Spain to Manhattan and beyond; the ‘Pax Britannica’ trilogy (Pax Britannica, 1968; Heaven's Command, 1973; Farewell the Trumpets (1978) chronicles with elegiac sympathy the decay of British imperialism. Conundrum (1974) is an account of her transsexuality, her happy marriage as a man, and her journey towards and after the surgery that enabled her to become a woman. Last Letters from Hav (1985) is a novel.