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Gavin Lyall


We always drank a fair bit
Katharine Whitehorn Writer
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I suppose we always drank a fair bit, but so did an awful lot of other people and it wasn’t a problem. In the ‘70s Gavin was switching over from doing one kind of book to doing another, and there were various tricky patches at that point. Maybe I was working too much. I mean, it certainly didn’t work when I was going into the office all the time. And then he had a health scare, towards the end of the ‘70s, early ‘80s and not... It was fine for a bit, everything was fine. All kinds of things. He switched to a different and more successful sort of book, and we got our boat, which was the most... the happiest thing we ever did.

A distinguished journalist and renowned author, Katharine Whitehorn (1928-2021) has written for The Spectator and Picture Post. She was the first woman to have her own column in the Observer and was their star columnist for the best part of 40 years. Educated at Newnham College, Cambridge, is recognised as someone who has transformed 20th century women's journalism. She took a keen interest in social welfare issues, was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and was the first woman rector of the University of St Andrews.

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Tags: Gavin Tudor Lyall

Duration: 49 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2010

Date story went live: 16 February 2011