Brigid Keenan

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Brigid Ann Keenan (born 1939[1]) is an author and journalist.

She was born in Ambala, India,[2] where her father was an officer in the British Indian Army during the Raj. Her family repatriated to the United Kingdom after India's independence in 1947, and she was subsequently sent to convent schools in England and a finishing school in Paris.[3]

Keenan has worked as an editor on Nova magazine, The Observer and The Sunday Times.[4] After marrying a European Union diplomat, she left her successful career as a fashion editor[5] to become a trailing spouse and best-selling author. Her published works include The Women We Wanted to Look Like (1978),[6] Dior in Vogue (1988),[7] Travels in Kashmir (1989),[8] Damascus: Hidden Treasures of the Old City (2001),[9] Diplomatic Baggage: The Adventures of a Trailing Spouse (2005),[10][11] Packing Up: Further Adventures of a Trailing Spouse (2014),[12] and Full Marks for Trying (2016).[13] She is currently a contributor to The Oldie[14] and[15]

Keenan has lived in Ethiopia, Brussels, Trinidad, Barbados, India, West Africa, Syria and Central Asia.[16] She is a founding board member of the Palestine Festival of Literature.[17]

She is married to Alan Waddams,[18] a retired ambassador, with whom she has two children and four grandchildren.[19]


  1. ^ Works by or about Brigid Keenan (1939-) in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  2. ^ "Almost Indian". Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  3. ^ "Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Brigid Keenan, journalist". The Independent. 2006-03-30. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  4. ^ "Brigid Keenan - Literature". Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  5. ^ Haslam, Nicky (June 2, 2016). "Girl Power". Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  6. ^ Keenan, Brigid. "Hardcover: The Women We Wanted to Look Like". Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  7. ^ "Hardcover: Dior in Vogue". Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  8. ^ "A Concerned Visitor". Kashmir Life. 2010-02-06. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  9. ^ WorldCat
  10. ^ Keenan, Brigid (2005-11-13), "Life as an ambassador's wife", The Independent
  11. ^ Hickman, Katie (2005-02-20), "Review: Diplomatic Baggage", The Times, London
  12. ^ Bird, Orlando (2014-04-18). "'Packing Up', by Brigid Keenan; 'The Man Who Couldn't Stop', by David Adam". Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  13. ^ Ironside, Virginia (2016-11-08). "Full Marks for Trying: An Unlikely Journey from the Raj to the Rag Trade by Brigid Keenan review – a feelgood memoir". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  14. ^ "Brigid Keenan". The Oldie. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  15. ^ Keenan, Brigid. "Contributors". Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  16. ^ "Brigid Keenan: Life as an ambassador's wife". The Independent. 2005-11-13. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  17. ^ "Brigid Keenan - Literature". Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  18. ^ "Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Brigid Keenan, journalist". The Independent. 2006-03-30. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  19. ^ "Guest: Brigid Keenan". Blogspot: Kate Lord Brown. January 14, 2016. Retrieved 2020-05-04.