Carole Seymour-Jones

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Carole Veronica Gillian Seymour-Jones (3 March 1943 – 23 May 2015) was a Welsh writer.

Seymour-Jones was born in Towyn, north-west Wales, the daughter of a prominent surgeon, but was raised in Southsea.[1] She studied history at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, but left after her first year, under family pressure, to marry the stockbroker Robert Bigland. She completed her history degree with the Open University, while raising four children, and gained her master's degree at Sussex University.[1] Seymour-Jones taught history to adults at Surrey University and to sixth formers.[2]

Although she had been writing educational books for some years, her career as a biographer began after the breakup of her first marriage after 26 years in the early 1990s.[1][3] She was the author of Beatrice Webb: A Life (1992); Painted Shadow: The Life of Vivienne Eliot, First Wife of T.S. Eliot (2001), which she wrote as a visiting fellow at the University of Texas at Austin; and A Dangerous Liaison (2009), about the relationship between Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre; as well as co-editor of Writers Under Siege: Voices of Freedom from Around the World (2007). She also wrote for the New Statesman and the Times Higher Education Supplement. She served on the executive committee of the English PEN, the writers' association, from 1997 to 2001, sat on its Books to Prisoners Committee, and chaired its Writers in Prison Committee.[2]

Seymour-Jones met the probation officer and radio playwright Geoffrey Parkinson in 1992; the couple married in 2012. Parkinson died in 2014;[1][4] Seymour-Jones herself died on 23 May 2015.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Carole Seymour-Jones, biographer - obituary", Daily Telegraph, 24 June 2015
  2. ^ a b Committee Chairs Archived 13 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine., PEN, accessed 11 November 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Carole Seymour-Jones", The Times, 30 May 2015, reprinted on Seymour Jones website Archived 1 August 2015 at the Wayback Machine..
  4. ^ Kate Parkinson "Geoffrey Parkinson obituary", The Guardian, 7 October 2014

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