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Anne Sebba

writer, former reporter, Reuters

Anne Sebba is a biographer, lecturer, journalist and former Reuters foreign correspondent. Her first job was at the BBC World Services in the Arabic Department. She has written eight books, several short stories and introductions to reprinted novels. She is a member of the Society of Authors Executive Committee and is working on a biography of Wallis Simpson. In September 2007 she launched her major new biography - *Jennie Churchill: Winston's American Mother* published by John Murray in the UK to widespread acclaim. In November W.W. Norton published it in the US as *American Jennie: the Remarkable Life of Winston Churchill's Mother*. In 2008 Anne was consultant for the Channel 4 film, *Lady Randy: Churchill's Mother*, broadcast to coincide with the launch of the paperback. Anne started her working life as a foreign correspondent for Reuters, partly in Rome, and in 1993 wrote a history of women reporters called *Battling for News: The Rise of the Woman Reporter* and is regularly invited to lecture on the subject in university media departments. In 1990 *Laura Ashley: A Life By Design* was published in UK and US and also reached several bestseller lists. This was a biography of a businesswoman, wife, mother and proto-feminist who became one of the leading influences on British twentieth century design and marketing.