Shirley Conran

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Shirley Conran (born 21 September 1932) is a British novelist and journalist.


Conran has written for Vanity Fair, women's editor of The Daily Mail and The Observer.[citation needed] Published in 1982, her book Lace spent 13 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, reaching as high as No. 6,[1][2] and was adapted into a 1980s US miniseries.[3]

Her book, Lace, was published by Simon & Schuster and is reported to be the original source for the marketing tag line, "Which one of you bitches is my mother?"[3]

Personal life[edit]

Conran has been married to Sir Terence Conran; they are the parents of the fashion designer Jasper Conran. In 2009, she wrote that she suffered from ME.[4] Conran has homes in France and London, and lived in Monaco for several years.[5] She founded the educational non-profit Maths Action.[6]



  • Lace (Simon & Schuster, 1982)
  • Lace 2 (1985)
  • The Complete Story (omnibus, 1986)
  • Savages (1987, movie rights owned by Warner Brothers but never made)
  • Crimson (1992)
  • Tiger Eyes (1994)
  • The Revenge (aka Revenge of Mimi Quinn, 1998)
  • The Amazing Umbrella Shop (1990)


  • Superwoman (1975), see Superwoman (sociology)
  • Superwoman 2 (1977)
  • Futurewoman: How to Survive Life After Thirty (1979)
  • Superwoman in Action (1979)
  • The Magic Garden (1983)
  • Down with Superwoman: For Everyone Who Hates Housework (1990)
  • Money Stuff (2014)


  • The Magic Garden was adapted as a computer program and published by Acornsoft for the BBC Micro as Shirley Conran's Magic Garden.


  1. ^ "The New York Times Best Seller list: Fiction" (PDF). 21 November 1982. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Shirley Conran".
  3. ^ a b Korda, Michael (1999). Another Life: A Memoir of Other People. Random House. pp. 477–479. ISBN 9780679456599.
  4. ^ Conran, Shirley (2009) The Optimum Health Clinic Foundation Retrieved Feb 20, 2017
  5. ^ Sarah Boseley, 31 May 1995, "Conran topless for a cause.", The Guardian, pg. 4
  6. ^ "About Maths Action". Retrieved 28 October 2015.

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