Victoria Thompson was born in Alexandria, of French, Italian, Spanish and English parentage. She grew up speaking five languages and was educated at the Sacred Heart British Girl’s Convent there. In Australia, she trained as an actress and worked in film, television and theatre. She left acting to study psychology and became a psychotherapist, eventually giving it up to return to her love of books and writing. Her memoir, Losing Alexandria (Picador), was a literary success, appearing on The Age best-seller list. City of Longing, launched at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival in 2011, was optioned when still in manuscript form by a film producer. The Secret Seduction and the Enigma of Attraction is about a dangerous passion between a psychiatrist and his patient, inspired by Goethe’s Elective Affinities. Victoria has also worked as an interpreter in the medical profession and travelled to Japan, China, Russia, India and the Himalayas, England, Europe and America.
“I write of things I feel passionate: the greed of corporations and the exaggerated sense of entitlement of the super rich; the harm and suffering caused by the politics of medicine; the rights of animals, and human kindness. Of our journey, like Ulysses, to find our way home, to become oneself. And of course, I write about love. But above all else, I want to stop the animal holocaust.