Libby Purves was educated in Bangkok, France, South Africa and Tunbridge Wells (diplomatic family!) and read English 1968-71 at St Anne’s. She joined the BBC in a radio studio management job, worked a while in Radio Oxford and then moved to Radio 4 as reporter/ producer and finally presenter of the Today programme. Leaving this, she was for 34 years presenter of Radio 4 Midweek, and made numerous documentaries. She has written for many magazines and newspapers but for the last thirty-odd years been a columnist on The Times. She has published 12 novels and several non-fiction books about sailing, childcare and radio.
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