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About some of our writers

Tim Lott has written a piece called My Notting Hill. He was born in 1956 in Southall, Middlesex and studied Politics and History at the London School of Economics.

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Virginia Ironside has been a writer and journalist all her life and now has a weekly column on the Independent newspaper.

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We include an extract from Jonathan Raban’s book Soft City.

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Nikki Gemmell has written four novels, Shiver, Cleave, Lovesong and The Bride Stripped Bare, as well as a work of non-fiction, Pleasure: An Almanac for the Heart.

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Lady Mary Coke was born on 2 February 1726, the youngest daughter of John, Duke of Argyll and Greenwich. In 1747 she married Edward, Viscount Coke, only son of Thomas, Earl of Leicester. After two years of constant disagreement they separated, after which he died in 1753.

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