About this author
Born in Liverpool, Deirdre Holding moved to Scotland in 1963 and graduated with a degree in medicine from St Andrews University. It was at university that she met her husband, Nicholas, and they married in 1970. Among many shared interests was one in the communist world and they made their first visit to the Soviet Union in 1973. The downfall of communism enabled them to travel more freely around the former Soviet bloc, and sparked their interest in Armenia. Deirdre retired early, in 2003, after a career in the Scottish National Health Service as a consultant eye surgeon. Nicholas wrote the first two editions of the Bradt guide to Armenia. After his death in 2008, Deirdre took over the authorship, having always been closely involved with the guide. She updated the book for the third edition (2011) and fourth edition (2014). She continues to visit Armenia regularly and tries to learn a little of the Armenian language. She still lives in Scotland and pursues some of her other interests which include enjoying the wildlife in her 5½ acres in the Scottish hills and involvement in church life, with a particular fascination for the differences between Eastern and Western Christianity. She is a volunteer in a number of community projects, including a listening service for patients in the Scottish National Health Service and one which helps refugees/immigrants with their conversational English.