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Pip Granger

Pip Granger was born in Cuckfield, Sussex, in 1947. Her parents split when she was five, and her childhood was divided between her teacher mother’s homes in and around Dagenham and her father’s top... Pip Granger was born in Cuckfield, Sussex, in 1947. Her parents split when she was five, and her childhood was divided between her teacher mother’s homes in and around Dagenham and her father’s top-floor flat above the Two I’s coffee bar in Old Compton Street, Soho. The singer Annie Ross lived on the floor below, but Pip’s memories of Soho are not so much of the famous people who drifted in and out of her life, as of the people at the heart of the mulit-cultural community; the market traders, shopkeepers, craftsmen and sex-workers.

Her father, who had made and lost one fortune publishing pulp fiction in World War II, sold erotic literature from above Parmigiani’s delicatessen on a corner of Old Compton Street and wrote for television, a life-style that allowed him to fly light aircraft and holiday regularly on the French Riviera. Later, he became a mail order astrologer.

Pip followed her mother’s career choice and went into teaching. Her first job was with the City of Westminster, teaching children who had been excluded from school because of emotional and health problems, and she worked as a literacy and special needs teacher in Stoke Newington and Hackney in the 1970s and 1980s. After quitting teaching, she wrote for a while on non-fiction partworks, including My Garden and My Child.

Her first marriage ended in divorce. In 1988, she married Ray Granger, and they now live in North Somerset with their dog Kez, a bouncing barrel of barks. All Pip’s books but the first were written in a shed in the wildlife garden she and her husband have created.

Pip’s father always told her she was a natural writer and story-teller, but she began to write fiction only in the 1990s. Her older brother, Peter, was diagnosed with brain cancer, and she wanted to memorialise their extraordinary childhood. The resulting book, Not All Tarts are Apple, was the unanimous winner of the first Harry Bowling Prize for London writing in 2000, and was published in 2002. A sequel, The Widow Ginger, was published the following year, and Trouble in Paradise in 2004. No Peace for the Wicked in April 2005.

Alone, a memoir of her extraordinary childhood, appeared in Corgi in June 2007, and made the non-fiction bestseller lists. Her most recent book, Up West, an informal ‘emotional history’ of London’s West End in the two decades between VE Day and the birth of Swinging London, was published by Corgi in August 2009.

źródło opisu: http://www.pip-granger.com/biography.htm

źródło zdjęcia: http://www.pip-granger.com

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