India Knight

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India Knight
Born India Aertsens
(1965-12-14) 14 December 1965 (age 51)
Brussels, Belgium
Occupation Journalist, columnist, novelist
Nationality British
Children 3

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.


India Aertsens was born to Sabiha Rumani Malik (of a family related to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, one of the foremost leaders of the Indian independence movement and a renowned scholar, and poet). India’s mother was 17 years old at the time of her birth and married to Michel Aertsens, 20 years her senior. Aertsens was the son of First World War hero Gaston Aertsens and Marie-Louise Lacroix of the family of Belgian statesman Henri Jaspar. 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 her father agreed to a divorce, and 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. Her mother and step-father 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, and the additional weight she gained. India Knight began to use her stepfather's surname at the age of thirteen.[1]

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 had two sons and remain friendly. [2]

Her third child's father is author Andrew O'Hagan.[3] Nell, her youngest child and only daughter, born in 2004, has DiGeorge syndrome.[4] After writing an article in The Sunday Times about her daughter's special needs, Knight launched a blog about children with special needs "for parents in a similar position to keep in touch, compare notes and help each other".

In December 2015 she announced her forthcoming marriage in her Sunday Times column and other press reported her fiancé as former MP Eric Joyce, her long-standing boyfriend.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]



  • 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. ^ Isn't She Talking Yet?.
  2. ^ "Ripping up the Yule book: Jeremy Langmead's dysfunctional family festivities", London Evening Standard, 9 December 2011
  3. ^ Lesley McDowell "India Knight on the pressures of parenting", The Herald, 14 November 2011
  4. ^ It was bad news. Her tiny heart..., Telegraph, 5 December 2005
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  7. ^ "Trump assassination post to Twitter". 2017-01-30. Retrieved 2017-01-30. 

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