Rowan Pelling

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Rowan Pelling
Born Rowan Dorothy Pelling
(1968-01-17)17 January 1968
Toys Hill, Kent
Residence Cambridge
Nationality British
Education Walthamstow Hall
Alma mater St Hugh's College, Oxford
Occupation Journalist
Years active 1990s-present
Known for journalist, broadcaster, editor

Rowan Dorothy Pelling (born 17 January 1968) is a British journalist, broadcaster, writer and stand-up comedian who first achieved note as the editor (or "editrice", to use her term) of monthly literary/erotic magazine, the Erotic Review.


Pelling was educated at Walthamstow Hall, a day independent school for girls in the centre of the commuter town of Sevenoaks in Kent in South East England, followed by St Hugh's College at the University of Oxford, from which she graduated in 1991 with a degree in English Literature.

Life and career[edit]

After graduation, Pelling worked at the satirical magazine Private Eye. She went on to work for GQ magazine, where she met her husband Angus Mackinnon.[1] She transformed Jamie Maclean's Erotic Print Society's slim foolscap newsletter into the Erotic Review in 1997, a popular magazine whose circulation peaked at over 30,000.

Pelling has contributed to a variety of newspapers and magazines, including regular columns for the Independent on Sunday, Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, GQ, and Jack. She was a judge of the 2004 Man Booker Prize. She is now a columnist for the Daily Telegraph, is working on her first novel, and is the mother of two sons. She lives in Cambridge.[2]