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Nationality  English
Website  www.pollysamson.com

Name  Polly Samson
Spouse  David Gilmour (m. 1994)
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Full Name  Polly Anne Samson
Born  29 April 1962 (age 53) (1962-04-29) London, England
Occupation  Journalist Novelist Songwriter
Notable work  Perfect Lives The Kindness The Division Bell The Endless River On an Island Rattle That Lock
Role  Novelist · pollysamson.com
Residence  West Sussex, United Kingdom
Parents  Esther Cheo Ying, Lance Samson
Children  Romany Gilmour, Charlie Gilmour, Joe Gilmour, Gabriel Gilmour
Books  Perfect Lives, Lying in Bed, Out of the Picture, Out of the Picture B Special, Kissenschlacht Geschichten von Mann
Similar People  David Gilmour, Ginger Gilmour, Richard Wright, Phil Manzanera, Heathcote Williams
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Polly Samson (born 29 April 1962) is an English novelist, lyricist and journalist, who is married to musician David Gilmour. She has helped with the lyrics to many of Gilmour's works both as a solo artist and with the group Pink Floyd.

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Biography

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Her father was Lance Samson (died 4 February 2013), a newspaper editor and diplomatic correspondent for the Morning Star and her mother was a writer of Chinese descent, Esther Cheo Ying, who wrote a memoir, Black Country to Red China, about her time serving as a Major in Mao Zedong's Red Army. 

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Following a troubled childhood, Polly joined the publishing industry, through which she met the writer Heathcote Williams, and with whom she had her first son, Charlie. Following his birth, Samson became homeless and was taken in for a period by the journalist Cassandra Jardine.

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After splitting from Williams, Samson met Pink Floyd singer and guitarist David Gilmour, whom she married in 1994 during Pink Floyd's Division Bell tour. Her son Charlie was adopted by Gilmour and they have three other children: Joe, Gabriel, and Romany.

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She has also written short stories for BBC Radio 4 and has had a collection published Lying in Bed (Virago 1999) and a novel, Out of the Picture (Virago 2000), as well as contributing pieces and stories to many other books and publications including Gas and Air (Bloomsbury 2003), Girls Night In (Harper Collins 2000), A Day in the Life (Black Swan 2003), and The Just When Stories (Beautiful Books 2010). Samson's collection of stories, Perfect Lives, was published in November 2010 by Virago Press. Her novel, The Kindness, was published in 2015.

Samson is credited as a co-writer on seven of The Division Bell's 11 tracks, and, with the retrospective credit given to Clare Torry for her vocals on "The Great Gig in the Sky", she is one of only two female co-writers of any Pink Floyd songs. She also wrote lyrics for Gilmour's 2006 album, On an Island, and made a guest appearance on piano and vocals. She contributed lyrics to "Louder than Words", the only song on Pink Floyd's 2014 release, The Endless River, to contain any sung lyrics. Samson has also contributed lyrics to half of the tracks on Gilmour's latest album, Rattle That Lock (2015), which were inspired by Paradise Lost, an epic poem by John Milton.

Works

  • Lying in Bed — Virago Press Ltd, 2000; ISBN 1-86049-667-9
  • Out of the Picture — Virago Press Ltd, 2001; ISBN 1-86049-864-7
  • Perfect Lives — Virago Press Ltd, 2010; ISBN 1-86049-992-9
  • The Kindness — Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015; ISBN 978-1632860675
  • References

    Polly Samson Wikipedia


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