Freelance Journalist


About Sharon

Why write a biography? It only pins you down. Suffice to say I was born in Africa.  And already that’s seeing the world without its skin. My father was the local gynaecologist. My mother was born in Strasbourg. My grandmother lived with us. In many ways I loved my childhood but not in others. I would have been cheating myself if I hadn’t left to study English literature in Britain. Before that I was lucky enough to live in Paris on the threshold of womanhood, in the spring, on my own, and of course that stays with you forever. We ate well and cheaply and I learnt to love wine and got engaged. At Edinburgh I got a First class MA Honours and the Janet Christie Bequest to study abroad. So we drove to Florence and lived in an old farmhouse for 8 months, learning Italian, studying at the British Institute.

In the slipstream of your life you imagine you’ll be a great writer, another Virginia Woolf, have the perfect family, be the best mother. So many impossible aims. I ended up being a journalist. A mother to one daughter. A lover. As a journalist I did quite a lot of good in the beginning. Campaigning stories, saving a horribly mistreated lioness in Italy, seals in the Hebrides, premature babies at Dulwich hospital in need of incubators, endangered leatherback turtles in Tobago. I have done a lot of travel articles, restaurant and hotel reviews, and many years of exciting seat-of-the pants Showbiz stories, travelling with Freddie Mercury, Rod Steward, Spandau Ballet, interviewing Angelina Jolie, Leonardo di Caprio, Bono, Jude Law. Now I’m writing a novel set in Venice and its working title is Behind the Mirror. With a novel, which takes years to write, you’re not the same person at the end of the book as you were  at the beginning. The story has changed, the characters are deeper, but you have changed with them. You fall in love with all of them. I’m nearly ready to say goodbye to them and let then stand on their own.

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Boris Johnson is urged to toughen border controls

The Prime Minister has been urged to toughen border controls after a passenger arriving from South Africa revealed she walked through Heathrow unchecked. Sharon Feinstein, who lives in Islington, north London, claims she walked through the terminal following a trip to Johannesburg, where the mutant strain is rife. Ms Feinstein landed yesterday after visiting her … Continued

Boris Johnson is urged to toughen border controls

The Prime Minister has been urged to toughen border controls after a passenger arriving from South Africa revealed she walked through Heathrow unchecked. Sharon Feinstein, who lives in Islington, north London, claims she walked through the terminal following a trip to Johannesburg, where the mutant strain is rife. Ms Feinstein landed yesterday after visiting her mother, and had … Continued

Traveller from South Africa ‘walked through Heathrow Airport in 10 minutes with no checks’

Sharon Feinstein says she was “in tears” after breezing through the airport when officials failed to ask for her virus documents – despite her having them out and ready to show A passenger returning from South Africa has labelled Britain’s Covid border checks a “disgrace” after claiming to have passed through Heathrow unchallenged. Sharon Feinstein … Continued

Priti Patel will probe claims of furious traveller who said she walked through Heathrow in 10 minutes with NO checks after returning from South Africa amid calls for tougher controls

Travellers to the UK will be tested for coronavirus a few days after they arrive Test must be taken in the 72 hours before travelling, and those without face fine  One passenger said she walked through Heathrow in 10 minutes with no checks  The Home Secretary is to probe claims made by a passenger who … Continued

Harry’s Bar: the place to see and been seen

Go for the fantastic peach-and-champagne Bellinis and martini cocktails, the interesting people, the fact that Ernest Hemingway sat at a certain table writing his novels and Ezra Pound composed poetry here, says travel writer Sharon Feinstein. Harry’s Bar, Venice, is a one-off and never fails to impress. Harry’s doesn’t advertise itself. It’s so understated that … Continued