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James Graham Ballard (1930–2009) by Fay Godwin, 1970s © estate of Fay Godwin / British Library / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ballard, James Graham (1930–2009), novelist and short story writer, was born on 15 November 1930 in Shanghai, China, the son of James Ballard (1901–1966), managing director of the China Printing and Finishing Company (a subsidiary of the Manchester-based Calico Printers Association), and his wife, ...

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Barker, Audrey Lilian [Pat] (1918–2002), novelist and short-story writer, was born on 13 April 1918 at 1 River Cottages, St Paul's Cray, Kent, the only child of Harry Henry Barker, then serving as an air mechanic in the RAF, previously a dairyman, and later a motor mechanic and railway clerk, and his wife, ...

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Stanley Barstow (1928–2011) by Mark Gerson, 1963 © Mark Gerson / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barstow, Stanley [Stan] (1928–2011), novelist and short story writer, was born on 28 June 1928 at 17 Shepstye Road, Horbury, Yorkshire, the only child of Wilfred Barstow, coal miner, and his wife, Elsie, née Gosnay. After being educated at Ossett grammar school, he trained as a draughtsman and salesman for a local engineering firm. On 8 September 1951 he married ...

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Bawden [née Mabey; other married name Kark], Nina Mary (1925–2012), author, was born on 19 January 1925 at 10 Kilmarten Road, Ilford, Essex, the eldest child of Charles Mabey (1886–1976), marine engineer, and his wife, Ellaline Ursula May, née Cushing (1898–1986), schoolteacher. Brought up in ...

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Karen Christenze Blixen [Isak Dinesen] (1885–1962) by unknown photographer The Royal Library, Copenhagen

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Blixen [née Dinesen], Karen Christenze [pseud. Isak Dinesen] (1885–1962), autobiographer and short-story writer, was born on 17 April 1885 in Rungstedlund, near Copenhagen, Denmark, the second of five children of Wilhelm Adolph Dinesen (1845–1895) and his wife, Ingeborg Westenholz (1856–1940). Thomas...

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Chauhan [née Singh], Subhadra Kumari (1904–1948), poet, short-story writer, and political activist in India, was born on 16 August 1904 in Nihalpur, near Allahabad, United Provinces, India, the third of four daughters and sixth of seven children of Ramnath Singh, building contractor, and his wife, ...

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Coppard, Alfred Edgar (1878–1957), short-story writer and poet, was born on 4 January 1878 at 35 St John's Street, Folkestone, Kent, the eldest child and only son of the four children of George Coppard (d. 1887?), a journeyman tailor, and Emily Alma Southwell...