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Ballard, James Graham (1930–2009), novelist and short story writer  

Will Self

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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Ballard, James Graham (1930–2009)  

Maker: Fay Godwin

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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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Barker, Audrey Lilian [Pat] (1918–2002), novelist and short-story writer  

C. A. R. Hills

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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Barstow, Stanley [Stan] (1928–2011), novelist and short story writer  

David Collard

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, coalminer, 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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Barstow, Stanley [Stan] (1928–2011)  

Maker: Mark Gerson

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

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Bawden [née Mabey; other married name Kark], Nina Mary (1925–2012), author  

Nicholas Tucker

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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Blixen, Karen Christenze [Isak Dinesen] (1885–1962)  

Maker: unknown photographer

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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  

Liz Gunner

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  

Alok Rai

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  

Thomas Moult

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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 (1850–1889), a journeyman tailor, and Emily Alma, ...

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Davie [née Dryer], Elspeth Mary (1919–1995), short-story writer and novelist  

Angus Calder

Davie [née Dryer], Elspeth Mary (1919–1995), short-story writer and novelist, was born in Kilmarnock Infirmary, Ayrshire, on 20 March 1919, the daughter of Oliver Dryer, a Church of Scotland minister, and his Canadian wife, Lilian McFarlane. Her father had a Norwegian grandfather, and ...

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Davies, Rhys [Rees Vivian] (1901–1978), novelist and short-story writer  

Meic Stephens

Davies, Rhys [Rees Vivian] (1901–1978), novelist and short-story writer, was born on 9 November 1901 at 6 Clydach Road, Blaenclydach, a village in a tributary valley of the Rhondda, near Tonypandy in Glamorgan. The district was dominated by the presence of two large collieries which were to become the focus of industrial strife during the ...

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Davies, Rhys (1901–1978)  

Maker: Howard Coster

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Rhys Davies (1901–1978) by Howard Coster, 1940 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Edwards, Dorothy (1902–1934), writer  

Claire Flay

Edwards, Dorothy (1902–1934), writer, was born at Brynteg, Glyn Street, Ogmore Vale, Glamorgan, on 18 August 1902, the daughter and only child of Edward Edwards (c.1865–1917), schoolmaster, and his wife, Vida, née Jones (c.1866–1934), schoolmistress. Her father was headmaster of ...

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Evans, (David) Caradoc (1878–1945), novelist and short-story writer  

John Harris

Evans, (David) Caradoc (1878–1945), novelist and short-story writer, was born on 31 December 1878 at Pant-y-croi, Llanfihangel-ar-arth, Carmarthenshire, the fourth of the five children of William Evans (1849–1882), auctioneer, and his wife, Mary (1848–1934), daughter of William Powell and his wife, Mary. His childhood was spent at ...

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Gaitens, Edward (1897–1966), short-story writer and novelist  

Moira Burgess and Hamish Whyte

Gaitens, Edward (1897–1966), short-story writer and novelist, was born on 26 February 1897 at 104 South Wellington Street, in the Gorbals, Glasgow, probably fourth of six surviving children of Edward Gaitens, stationer, and his wife, Mary, née Colwell. Gaitens was educated locally and left school at the age of fourteen, taking up a succession of unskilled jobs. During the First World War he spent two years in ...

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Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn (1810–1865)  

Maker: George Richmond

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Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell (1810–1865) by George Richmond, 1851 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gaskell [née Stevenson], Elizabeth Cleghorn (1810–1865), novelist and short-story writer  

Jenny Uglow

Gaskell [née Stevenson], Elizabeth Cleghorn (1810–1865), novelist and short-story writer, was born on 29 September 1810 in Belle Vue House, then part of Lindsey Row (now Cheyne Walk), Chelsea, London. She was the second surviving child of William Stevenson (bap. 1770, d. 1829)...

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Goodwin, Geraint Arthur (1903–1941), novelist and short-story writer  

Sam Adams

Goodwin, Geraint Arthur (1903–1941), novelist and short-story writer, was born on 1 May 1903 at 43 Commercial Street, Llanllwchaearn, Montgomeryshire, the only child of the third marriage of Richard Goodwin (1843–1911), rate collector and assistant overseer for the parish, and his wife, Mary Jane Watkin (...

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Gregg, Hilda Caroline [pseud. Sydney C. Grier] (1868–1933), novelist and short-story writer  

David Finkelstein

Gregg, Hilda Caroline [pseud. Sydney C. Grier] (1868–1933), novelist and short-story writer, was born at Badgington (Bagendon), North Cerney, Gloucestershire, on 20 June 1868, the eldest of the four daughters of Sarah Caroline Frances French (d. 1913) and John Robert G. Gregg (...