Old North Londoners

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  1. Esther Rantzen

    Esther Rantzen


    Dame Esther Louise Rantzen DBE (born 22 June 1940) is an English journalist and television presenter, best known for presenting the hit BBC television series That's Life! for 21 years from 1973 until 1994. She is well known for her work with various charitable causes. She is founder of the child protection charity ChildLine, which she set up in 1986, and The Silver Line, designed to combat loneliness, which she set up in 2012.

  2. Stella Gibbons

    Stella Gibbons


    Stella Dorothea Gibbons (5 January 1902 – 19 December 1989) was an English author, journalist, and poet. She established her reputation with her first novel, Cold Comfort Farm (1932), which won the literary Prix Femina Étranger and has been reprinted many times. Although she was active as a writer for half a century, none of her later 22 novels or other literary works—which included a sequel to Cold Comfort Farm—achieved the same critical or popular success. Much of her work was long out of print before a modest revival in the 21st century.

  3. Alice Beer

    Alice Beer


    Alice Beer (born 17 May 1965 in England) is an English television presenter.

  4. Anne Digby

    Anne Digby


    Anne Digby is a prolific British children's writer best known for the Trebizon series published between 1978 and 1994.

  5. Jessie Pope

    Jessie Pope


    Jessie Pope (18 March 1868 – 14 December 1941) was an English poet, writer and journalist, who remains best known for her patriotic motivational poems published during World War I. Wilfred Owen directed his 1917 poem Dulce et Decorum Est at Pope, whose literary reputation has faded into relative obscurity as those of war poets such as Owen and Siegfried Sassoon have grown.

  6. Margaret Fingerhut

    Margaret Fingerhut


    Margaret Fingerhut (born 30 March 1955) is a British classical pianist. A fascination with exploring lesser-known repertoire is reflected in eclectic recital programmes and also in her recordings. She teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and Birmingham Conservatoire.

  7. Barbara Amiel

    Barbara Amiel


    Barbara Joan Estelle Amiel, Baroness Black of Crossharbour (born 4 December 1940) is a British journalist, writer, and socialite. She is the wife of former media baron Conrad Black.

  8. Judith Weir

    Judith Weir


    Judith Weir CBE (born 11 May 1954) is a British composer and Master of the Queen's Music.

  9. Ruth Padel

    Ruth Padel


    Ruth Sophia Padel FRSL FZS (pəˈdɛl pə-DEL) (born 8 May 1946) is a British poet, novelist and non-fiction author known for her poetry criticism, nature writing, and connections with music, science, Greece and conservation. She broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and 4 on poetry, wildlife and music, and is on the Board of the Zoological Society of London, active in promoting its global conservation through literary programmes. She teaches Creative Writing at King's College London.

  10. Zarif



    Zarif Davidson, known professionally as Zarif, is a British singer-songwriter of Scottish-Iranian-Jewish descent whose music ranges from soul to funk to pop. She performs with a nine piece band and sometimes plays keyboard and guitar.

  11. Mary Vivian Hughes

    Mary Vivian Hughes


    Mary Vivian Hughes (2 October 1866 – May 1956), usually known as Molly Hughes and published under M. V. Hughes, was a British educator and author.

  12. Myfanwy Piper

    Myfanwy Piper


    Mary Myfanwy Piper (məˈfɑːnw; Welsh: 28 March 1911 – 18 January 1997) was a British art critic and opera librettist.

  13. Gillian Cross

    Gillian Cross


    Gillian Cross (born 1945) is a British author of children's books. She won the 1990 Carnegie Medal for Wolf and the 1992 Whitbread Children's Book Award for The Great Elephant Chase.

  14. Stevie Smith

    Stevie Smith


    Florence Margaret Smith, known as Stevie Smith (20 September 1902 – 7 March 1971) was an English poet and novelist.

  15. Susie Orbach

    Susie Orbach


    Susie Orbach (born 6 November 1946) is a British psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, writer and social critic.

  16. Natasha Walter

    Natasha Walter


    Natasha Walter (born 20 January 1967) is a British feminist writer and human rights activist. She is the author of Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism (2010, Virago) and The New Feminism (1998, Virago), and is the director of Women for Refugee Women.

  17. Helen Gardner (critic)

    Helen Gardner (critic)


    Professor Dame Helen Louise Gardner DBE (13 February 1908 – 4 June 1986) was an English literary critic and academic. She was best known for her work on the poets John Donne and T. S. Eliot.

  18. Margaret Calkin James

    Margaret Calkin James


    Margaret Calkin James (June 1895 - 1985), was a calligrapher, graphic designer, textile printer, watercolour painter and printmaker, and is best known for her posters designed for the London Underground and London Transport between 1928 and 1935. Untold numbers of commuters admired her Kenwood and Boxhill posters while oblivious of her identity.

  19. Netta Syrett

    Netta Syrett


    Netta Syrett (17 March 1865 – 15 December 1943) was an English writer of the late Victorian period whose novels featured New Woman protagonists. Her novel Portrait of a Rebel was adapted into the 1936 film A Woman Rebels.

  20. Noreena Hertz

    Noreena Hertz


    Noreena Hertz (born 24 September 1967) is an English academic, economist and author. In 2001 The Observer newspaper dubbed her "one of the world's leading young thinkers" and Vogue magazine described her as "one of the most inspiring women in the world.". In September 2013 Hertz was featured on the cover of Newsweek Magazine. Describing herself as "a campaigning academic", critics have called her "a do-gooder who moves like a grasshopper from one high-profile good cause to another." She has been called the 'Nigella Lawson of economics' by the UK media,"because she combines striking beauty with a formidable mind." Fast Company magazine has named her "one of the most influential economists on the international stage" and observed: "For more than two decades [her] economic predictions have been accurate and ahead of the curve."

  21. Agnes Arber

    Agnes Arber


    Agnes Robertson Arber FRS (23 February 1879 – 22 March 1960) was a British plant morphologist and anatomist, historian of botany and philosopher of biology. She was born in London but lived most of her life in Cambridge, including the last 51 years of her life. She was the first woman botanist to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society (21 March 1946, at the age of 67) and the third woman overall. She was the first woman to receive the Gold Medal of the Linnean Society of London (24 May 1948, at the age of 69) for her contributions to botanical science.

  22. Edith How-Martyn

    Edith How-Martyn


    Edith How-Martyn, née How (1875, London -1954, Australia) was a British suffragette and a member of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). She was arrested in 1906 for attempting to make a speech in the House of Commons. This was one of the first acts of suffragette militancy.

  23. Eleanor Graham

    Eleanor Graham

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    Eleanor Graham (born 9 January 1896 in Walthamstow, England; died 8 March 1984 in London) was a book editor and children's book author.

  24. Peggy Angus

    Peggy Angus

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    Peggy Angus (9 November 1904 – 28 October 1993) was the popular name of Margaret MacGregor Angus, a painter, designer and educator. Born in Chile, she spent her career in Britain.

  25. Judy Mallaber

    Judy Mallaber


    Clare Judith Mallaber known as Judy Mallaber (born 10 July 1951) is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Amber Valley from 1997 to 2010.

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