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Jones, Lewis Richard (1897–1939), political activist and novelist, was born on 28 December 1897 at 4 Sunny Bank, Blaenclydach, a mining village in a side valley of the Rhondda, Glamorgan, the illegitimate child of Jane Jones (d. 1940/41), a domestic servant, and was brought up by his grandmother. He lived all his life in ...


Knox, Oliver Arbuthnot (1923–2002), advertising agent, novelist, and political activist, was born on 24 December 1923 at Courns Wood, Hughenden, near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, the elder son of (Alfred) Dillwyn Knox (1884–1943), classical scholar and cryptographer, and his wife, Olive Margaret Rickman, née...


Georgi Ivanov Markov (1929–1978) by unknown photographer Rex Features


Markov, Georgi Ivanov (1929–1978), writer and dissident, was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 1 March 1929. His father, Ivan Markov, was an army officer in the royalist Bulgarian army. This fact coloured Markov's early life. After the communist seizure of power at the end of the Second World War young men and women from such backgrounds suffered discrimination, and for this reason ...