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Mary Lutyens – obituary 1999

Mary Lutyens, who became the acknowledged world expert and writer on Krishnamurti, was only two years old when her mother, Lady Emily Lutyens, became a theosophist. In 1911 Krishnamurti and his brother Nitya were brought to England by Mrs Besant and as Lady Emily took the two boys ‘under her wing’, the young Mary grew…
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J.G Links – obituary – Oct 3rd 1997

Joe Links was a modest man who was extremely wise, versatile and able; he was always polite and worked hard all his life not to make an enemy. ‘I have had a very private life and I hope to go on being private for what’s left of it,’  he said  in 1989. He was born…
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Emily Hahn – obituary 1997

EMILY HAHN ‘I have deliberately chosen the uncertain path whenever I had the choice…A more important freedom was that which made it possible to travel ‘ wrote Emily Hahn in 
 China to Me
 (1944). In 1930 after making some money from her first book Seductio ad Absurdum: The Principles and Practices of Seduction
 (1930) Hahn…
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Martha Gellhorn – obituary 1998

Martha Gellhorn was one of the finest war-correspondents of the twentieth century. She learnt her craft for war reporting in the Spanish Civil War where she worked for Colliers; this was where she grew up politically: ‘We knew, we just 
knew, that Spain was the place to stop fascism. This was it. It was one…
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Ivan Chambers – obituary 1998

Ivan Chambers, the witty, erudite and  distinguished bookseller has died at the age of  ninety five. Chambers was born in Philippopolis in Bulgaria on January 20th 1902, where his  father was working on the financial side of a silk spinning factory. He returned to England as a small child and was educated at St George’s…
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Lesley Blanch – obituary 2007

As a child in London, Lesley Blanch and her parents were often visited by the Traveller, a mysterious Russian, who enthused the young Lesley with Siberian stories and tales of his daring-do. This passion for Russia and things Russian never left her: the ‘Love of my heart, the fulfilment of the senses and the kingdom…
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Richard Trench – Obituary 1997

By nature, Richard Trench who has died from a heart attack at the age of 48, was a nomad. He was a scavenger for information and because he found almost everything interesting he adapted to any situation with relative ease. This desire for knowledge made him a very lively companion; he took a keen interest…
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New exhibition

I am going to have an exhibition of my paintings in Aldeburgh in Suffolk at the beginning of November during the poetry festival which is over the weekend of November 2nd. This is exciting but also rather daunting – I need to produce around forty framed pictures which I will need to sell as I…
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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

I wrote the following review for the September 2014 Conde Nast Traveller: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard. After reading Annie Dillard’s finely observed descriptions of nature and place you begin to see the world truly. On her walks, Dillard sees herself as both explorer and stalker and Tinker Creek – near her home in a valley…
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Me and my travels: Sarah Anderson

Travel Writing

This article was first published in The Observer on 4 May, 2008. Click here to read the article on the Guardian and Observer website > My first independent trip … Around America in a Greyhound bus when I was 23. I bought a 99-days-for-$99 pass and stayed for a year. After that I went round…
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