Aged eighteen, Tessa Dunlop went to post-Revolutionary Romania to work in an orphanage - to do something remarkable to help her get into Oxford. Once there she didn't want to leave and ended up staying for nearly a year. She returned the following summer, but this time chose a big industrial city where she taught English and befriended a student and his family. The youngest son, 'Vlad', was only twelve, shy and very intelligent. Once more Tessa was emotionally hooked. Back home in the Scottish Highlands, she organised for Vlad to be sponsored by her old boarding school. He aced his classes, but, conflicted in the wake of his extraordinary experience, turned down a full-time place. They lost touch; however, the pull of Romania eventually proved too much and, five years on, Tessa returned. Life would never be the same again.
|Publication date:||1st May 2012|
|Categories:||Memoirs, Family & relationships,|
Tessa Dunlop was born and brought up in the Scottish Highlands, and studied Modern History at Oxford. She became a broadcaster in the late 90s, and has since fronted history documentaries for Discovery, BBC, and American History Channel. She's currently presenter/historian on BBC2's Coast. She's written for the Times, Guardian, Independent and Mail, and is finishing a Masters at Sheffield Hallam University where her research subject is Queen Marie of Romania. To Romania With Love is her first book. She juggles her time between London, Scotland and Romania.More About Tessa Dunlop