India Knight

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India Knight
Born (1965-12-14) 14 December 1965 (age 53)
Brussels, Belgium
OccupationJournalist, columnist, novelist

India Knight (born 14 December 1965) is a British journalist and author. She is known for her contribution to the British media, as well as her books: My Life on a Plate, Don't You Want Me?, The Shops, Neris and India's Idiot-Proof Diet and The Thrift Book (2008). Her novels have been translated into 28 languages.


She was born to Sabiha Rumani Malik (of a family related to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, one of the leaders of the Indian independence movement and a scholar and poet) and Michel Aertsens, the son of First World War hero Gaston Aertsens and Marie-Louise Lacroix, of the family of Belgian statesman Henri Jaspar. At the time of India's birth Malik was 17 years old while Aertsens was 20 years Malik's senior. Soon after her birth India’s parents separated and India lived in Brussels with her mother who, whilst continuing her studies, worked as a translator to support her daughter and herself.

In 1975 India’s mother married Andrew Knight, the editor of The Economist; at age 9 India moved to London to live with her mother and stepfather. At the age of 13, she changed her name via deed poll to India Knight, choosing the name to reflect her mother's Asian heritage alongside her stepfather's surname.[1] Her mother and stepfather were married for 17 years and had two daughters, Amaryllis and Afsaneh. They were divorced in 1991, and soon after, India's mother married a family friend, the architect Norman Foster; they remained married until 1995. In her semi-autobiographical novel Comfort and Joy, Knight writes about her family and her mother.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Knight lives in London with her three children. Her first marriage was to Jeremy Langmead, the former editor of Wallpaper* magazine and Esquire magazine. The couple have two sons and remain friendly. When they divorced, they lived in houses a few doors apart in Primrose Hill [3]; he subsequently left London for Youngsbury House in Hertfordshire.[4]

Her third child's father is author Andrew O'Hagan.[5] Nell, her youngest child and only daughter, born in 2004, has DiGeorge syndrome.[6] After writing about her daughter's special needs, Knight launched a blog "for parents in a similar position to keep in touch, compare notes and help each other".

In December 2015 she announced her forthcoming marriage to former MP Eric Joyce, her boyfriend of six years.[7]

Political views[edit]

In August 2014, Knight was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.[8] On 27 January 2017 she wrote on Twitter "The assassination is taking such a long time", referencing U.S. President Donald Trump in response to his executive order banning travel from 7 countries in the Middle East.[9]



  • My Life on a Plate (2000)
  • Don't You Want Me? (2002)
  • Comfort and Joy (2010)
  • Mutton (2012)


  • The Shops (2003)
  • The Dirty Bits For Girls (editor, 2006)
  • Neris and India's Idiot-Proof Diet (2007)
  • Neris and India's Idiot-Proof Diet Cookbook (2008)
  • The Thrift Book: Live Well and Spend Less (2008)

Children's books[edit]

  • The Baby (2007)


  1. ^ India's Summer.
  2. ^ Isn't She Talking Yet?. Archived 24 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Ripping up the Yule book: Jeremy Langmead's dysfunctional family festivities", London Evening Standard, 9 December 2011
  4. ^ Boucher, Caroline (11 April 2015). "Welcome to Youngsbury". The Times. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  5. ^ Lesley McDowell "India Knight on the pressures of parenting", The Herald, 14 November 2011
  6. ^ It was bad news. Her tiny heart..., Telegraph, 5 December 2005
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
  9. ^ "Trump assassination post to Twitter". 2017-01-30. Retrieved 2017-01-30.

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