|Lara Croft, daughter of
Lord Henshingly Croft, was raised to be an aristocrat from birth. After attending
finishing school at the age of 21, Lara's marriage into wealth had seemed assured,
but on her way home from a skiing trip her chartered plane had crashed deep in
the heart of the Himalayas. The only survivor, Lara learned how to depend on her
wits to stay alive in hostile conditions a world away from her sheltered upbringing.
Two weeks later when she walked into the village of Tokakeriby her experiences
had had a profound effect on her. Unable to stand the claustrophobic suffocating
atmosphere of upper-class British society, she realised that she was only alive
when she was travelling alone. Over the 8 following years she acquired an intimate
knowledge of ancient civilisations across the globe.
Her family soon
disowned their prodigal daughter, and she turned to writing to fund her trips.
Famed for discovering several ancient sites of profound archaeological interest
she made a name for herself by publishing travel books and detailed journals of