Katharine Whitehorn


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Katharine Elizabeth Whitehorn (born 1928, Hendon) is a British journalist, writer, and columnist who is known for her wit and humour and as a keen observer of the changing role of women.

Early life

She was educated at the private Roedean School in Brighton, Glasgow High School for Girls (closed in the 1970s), and Newnham College, Cambridge.

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  • ''There are some circles in America where it seems to be more socially acceptable to carry a hand-gun than a packet of cigarettes.''
    Katharine Whitehorn (b. 1926), British journalist. Observer (London, Oct. 30, 1988).
  • ''Any committee that is the slightest use is composed of people who are too busy to want to sit on it for a second longer than they have to.''
    Katharine Whitehorn (b. 1926), British journalist. "Are You Sitting Comfortably?" Observations (1970).
  • ''I wouldn't say when you've seen one Western you've seen the lot; but when you've seen the lot you get the feeling you've seen one.''
    Katharine Whitehorn (b. 1926), British journalist. "Decoding the West," Sunday Best (1976).
  • ''Hats divide generally into three classes: offensive hats, defensive hats, and shrapnel.''
    Katharine Whitehorn (b. 1926), British journalist. "Hats," Shouts and Murmurs (1963).
  • ''When it comes to housework the one thing no book of household management can ever tell you is how to begin. Or maybe I mean why.''
    Katharine Whitehorn (b. 1926), British journalist. "Nought for Homework," Roundabout (1962).
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