Currently alive, at 83 years of age.
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1933 – Born on the 20th of June in England.
1973 – Her first husband Nicholas Tomalin, a prominent journalist, was killed in the Arab-Israeli Yom Kippur War.
2002 – She was literary editor of the New Statesman and of the Sunday Times, and has written several noted biographies.
– Her biography of Samuel Pepys won the Whitbread Book Award.
2003 – She was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize.
2005 – She made a number of criticisms of the Samuel Pepys Wikipedia article in an article in The Guardian on the 24th of October.