Deborah Orr

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Deborah Orr
Born Deborah Jane Orr
(1962-09-23) 23 September 1962 (age 54)
Motherwell, Scotland
Residence Stockwell, South London
Occupation Journalist
Employer The Guardian
Partner(s) Will Self (mar. 1997)
Children 2 sons

Deborah Jane Orr (born 23 September 1962)[1] is a Scottish journalist who has worked for The Guardian and other titles. She was born and raised in Motherwell, Scotland.[2][3][4]


Orr worked as deputy editor for City Limits magazine and as a contributor to New Statesman until 1990. She is currently a columnist for The Guardian, a publication she first joined in 1990. She was previously a columnist for The Independent and editor of the Guardian Weekend magazine (1993–98).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Orr married Will Self in 1997. They have two sons and live in Stockwell; they separated in 2017 .[2][5] She has been diagnosed with breast cancer.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Ms Deborah Orr's Biography". Debrett's People of Today. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Donaldson, Brian (15 July 2010). "Will Self at the Edinburgh International Book Festival". Edinburgh Festival Guide. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Orr, Deborah "Politics and the death of social mobility", The Guardian, 19 May 2010
  4. ^ Orr, Deborah "I never knew my home town was a hotbed of religious fundamentalism". The Independent, 5 May 2007. Retrieved 19 September 2010.
  5. ^ McGibbon, Rob (29 March 2006). "Press Conference With...WILL SELF". PressGazette. Retrieved 6 October 2012. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "For a moment I really thought my husband had won the Booker. But no!". The Guardian. 19 October 2012. He was already deeply involved in it when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. 

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