Libby Purves OBE

GBS Libby Purves

Libby Purves is a writer and broadcaster par excellence and has that certain something which combines natural wit with an incisive perception. She is married to the broadcaster Paul Heiney, and her interests are education, parenting, sailing, travelling and theatre.  She was the youngest and first ever woman presenter of the Today programme, and has presented Midweek since 1983, as well as having fronted The Learning Curve and numerous documentaries for BBC Radio 4.

She is a columnist for The Times and writes for many other publications including the Daily Mail. She was awarded the O.B.E. for her services to journalism in 1999 and was Columnist of the Year in the same year. She edited The Tatler for 6 months in 1982. She performed a successful stand-up comedy routine for Comic Relief in 2009.

As an author, she has written a series of books on childcare and family life, as well as numerous well-regarded novels. She has published a memoir on radio and a classic account of sailing around mainland Britain.

As the daughter of a travelling diplomat, she was educated in Israel, Bangkok, France, Johannesburg, Tunbridge Wells and at St Anne's College Oxford, where she obtained a first class honours degree in English Language and Literature.

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