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Albert, Harold [formerly Harold Albert Kemp; pseud. Helen Cathcart] (1909–1997), author and journalist, was born on 15 April 1909 at 48 Marsala Road, Lewisham, the son of Albert William Kemp, builder, and his wife, Mabel, the daughter of Frederick Read, dramatic reciter. He was educated at ...

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Alexander, Andrew Clive (1935–2015), journalist and author, was born on 12 May 1935 at Caer Gwent, Wykeham Road, Worthing, the elder son of Ronald Fergus Alexander (1903–1971), schoolmaster, and his wife Doreen Olivia Myfanwy, née Davies (1896–1958). He was educated at ...

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Dame Cicily Isabel Andrews [Rebecca West] (1892–1983) by Wyndham Lewis, 1932 © Estate of Mrs G. A. Wyndham Lewis / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Andrews [née Fairfield], Dame Cicily Isabel [pseud. Rebecca West] (1892–1983), writer, critic, and journalist, was born on 21 December 1892 at 28 Burlington Road, Westbourne Park, London, the youngest of three children (all daughters) of Charles Fairfield (1843–1906) and his wife, ...

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Badcock, John [pseuds. Jon Bee, John Hinds] (fl. 1810–1830), writer and journalist, is known only by his works and even the attribution of these is uncertain. He was the probable author of the pretentious introductory chapter to Pancratia, published in 1811. That year the ...

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Banks, George Linnaeus (1821–1881), author and journalist, was born at the Bull Ring, Birmingham, on 2 March 1821, and baptized at Cherry Street Wesleyan Methodist chapel, Birmingham, the son of John Banks, a seedsman, and his wife, Sarah. The father was an inflexible Methodist; he once took a copy of ...

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Barr, (Isabel) Ann (1929–2015), journalist and author, was born on 16 September 1929 at 37 Welbeck Street, Marylebone, London, one of four children of Andrew Greig Barr (1904–1985), a Scottish stockbroker, businessman, and army officer, and his wife, Margaret Eileen, ...

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Bedoyere, Michael Anthony Maurice Huchet de la, Count de la Bedoyere in the French nobility (1900–1973), author and journalist, was born on 16 May 1900 in St Servan, Brittany, France, the only child of Vicomte Yvon Huchet de la Bedoyere and his wife, ...

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Eric Arthur Blair [George Orwell] (1903–1950) by Felix H. Man, c. 1947 © Estate of Felix H. Man / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blair, Eric Arthur [pseud. George Orwell] (1903–1950), political writer and essayist, was born in Motihari, Bengal, India, on 25 June 1903, the only son of Richard Walmesley Blair (1857–1938), a sub-deputy opium agent in the government of Bengal, and his wife, Ida Mabel Limouzin (1875–1943)...

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Blanchard, (Samuel) Laman (1803–1845), author and journalist, was born at Great Yarmouth on 15 May 1803, the only son of Samuel Blanchard and his wife, the widowed Mary Cowell, née Laman. There were five other children of the marriage, all of them daughters. In 1804 his father moved to ...

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Bland, John Otway Percy (1863–1945), writer and journalist, was born on 15 November 1863 in Malta, the second son of the ten children of Major-General Edward Loftus Bland (1829–1923) and Emma Frances Franks (d. 1894). Educated in Switzerland, and then at Victoria College, Jersey...

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Boston, Richard (1938–2006), journalist and author, was born on 29 December 1938 at Stonefield nursing home, Blackheath, London, the elder son of Frank Boston (b. 1903), a dairy farmer of Shernden, Edenbridge, Kent, then serving as an engineer officer in the RAF...

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Sally Brampton (1955–2016), by unknown photographer, 1985

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Brampton, Sally Jane (1955–2016), journalist, editor, and author, was born on 15 July 1955 in Kuala Belait, Brunei, the only daughter and second of three children of Roy Reginald Brampton (b. 1924), an accountant working for Shell, and his wife, Pamela Mary, ...

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Peter Ritchie Calder, Baron Ritchie-Calder (1906–1982) by Walter Bird, 1966 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Calder, Peter Ritchie, Baron Ritchie-Calder (1906–1982), author and journalist, was born on 1 July 1906 at 6 Newmonthill, Forfar, Forfarshire, the youngest in the family of one daughter and three sons of David Lindsay Calder, linen worker (later works manager), and his wife, ...

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Clarke, (Charles) Allen (1863–1935), journalist and dialect writer, was born at 58 Parrot Street, Bolton, Lancashire, on 26 February 1863, the eldest of nine children of Joseph Clarke, a cotton mule spinner, and his wife, Martha, née Marsh, also a factory worker. The journalist ...

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Cockburn, Alexander Claud (1941–2012), journalist and author, was born on 6 June 1941 at Gledfield House, Ardgay, Ross and Cromarty, the eldest of three sons of (Francis) Claud Cockburn (1904–1981), journalist, and his third wife, Patricia Evangeline Ann, née Arbuthnot (1914–1989), explorer, conchologist, and journalist. At the time of his birth his parents lived at ...

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Cockburn, (Francis) Claud (1904–1981), writer and journalist, was born at the British embassy in Peking (Beijing) on 12 April 1904, the younger child and only son of Henry Cockburn CB, Chinese secretary in the diplomatic service in Peking and later consul-general in Korea...