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Evans, Meredydd (Merȇd) (1919–2015), writer, broadcaster, and political activist, was born on 9 December 1919 at Top Pentre, Llanegryn, Merioneth, the youngest of eleven children of Richard Evans, motor driver, later quarryman, and his wife Charlotte, née Pugh. His Christian name was given on his birth certificate as ...

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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 ...

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McWhirter, Norris Dewar (1925–2004), author, publisher, and political campaigner, was born at 10 Branscombe Gardens, Winchmore Hill, London, on 12 August 1925, the second of three sons of William Allan McWhirter (1888–1955), managing director of Associated Newspapers and Northcliffe Newspapers, and his wife, ...