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Name  Anne Scott-James
Children  Max Hastings
Died  May 13, 2009, Berkshire
Role  Journalist

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Spouse  Osbert Lancaster (m. 1967–1986), Macdonald Hastings (m. 1944), Derek Verschoyle (m. 1939)
Books  Pleasure Garden, Down to Earth, Gardening letters to my daugh, Perfect Plant - Perfect G, Sissinghurst: The Making of
Similar People  Max Hastings, Osbert Lancaster, Christopher Lloyd

Education  St Paul's Girls' School

Anne Eleanor Scott-James, Lady Lancaster (5 April 1913 – 13 May 2009) was an English journalist and author. She was one of Britain's first women career journalists, editors and columnists, and latterly author of a series of gardening books.

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Biography

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Anne Scott-James was born in Bayswater, London in 1913. Her father was the Liberal journalist and literary critic R. A. Scott-James, later editor of the London Mercury; her mother was also a journalist. She was educated at St Paul's Girls' School and Somerville College, Oxford. She gained a First in Honour Moderations but did not complete her degree. She joined the staff of Vogue in 1934, initially as a secretary, but quickly advanced to become a columnist, and latterly, Beauty Editor. In 1939 she married the editor and publisher Derek Verschoyle, but they soon divorced. On the outbreak of war she joined the staff of Picture Post and was its Women's Editor from 1941 to 1945. While at Picture Post, she met and married the journalist Macdonald Hastings. They had two children, one of whom is the journalist and former editor of The Daily Telegraph Max Hastings.

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From 1945 to 1951, Scott-James was the editor of the British edition of Harper's Bazaar, during which time she commissioned work from such figures as Cecil Beaton, John Betjeman and Elizabeth David. Her novel In the Mink was published in 1952. She became Woman's Editor for the Sunday Express (1953–57) and columnist for the Daily Mail (1960–68). In 1964 she succeeded Nancy Spain as a panellist on the popular BBC radio panel game, My Word!. She herself was succeeded by Antonia Fraser in 1978. Her marriage to Macdonald Hastings ended in the early sixties, and she soon met the writer and illustrator Osbert Lancaster. They were married from 1967 until his death in 1986.

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In the late 1960s she left the world of journalism and embarked on a new stage in her career, gardening writing. Her books, The Pleasure Garden (jointly written with Lancaster), Down to Earth, and Sissinghurst: The Making of a Garden, are regarded as classics of their genre.

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Scott-James died aged 96, and is survived by her son and daughter.

References

Anne Scott-James Wikipedia


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