Miriam Gross was born in Jerusalem and came to this country at the age of ten. She was educated at Dartington Hall School and at St Anne’s College, Oxford, where she read English. She worked at the Observer newspaper as deputy literary editor and Women’s editor from 1965 to 1984 and subsequently as Arts editor and Literary editor at the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. She also ran a short TV book programme for Channel Four, and was a co-founder of Standpoint magazine. More recently she has worked as a part-time voluntary teacher. She is the author of An Almost English Life (Short Books).
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