Katharine Whitehorn

Biography of Katharine Whitehorn

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.


She was a sub-editor for a women's magazine in 1956, when Picture Post photographer Bert Hardy asked her to model for him. She caught a big break, then, when he photographed her for a story on loneliness in London, and one Hardy photo of her sitting by a fire with a cigarette, as if thinking to write an article instead of being lonely, became an advertisement for the energy drink Lucozade. She wrote for Picture Post just before it closed and then worked as a columnist for The Observer in London from 1960 until 1996.

She also served as the Rector of the University of St Andrews from 1982 to 1985. Since 1997, she has written a monthly column for Saga Magazine.


In 2009, she began presenting the short philosophical Friday evening programme on Radio 4 entitled A Point of View.

Personal life

She married the novelist Gavin Lyall in 1958 in Marlborough, a marriage that lasted until his death in 2003. They had two sons.

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