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Ruth Rendell
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Born in South Woodford, Essex
Born on 17th of February 1930

Ruth Rendell (who in 1997 became Baroness Rendell of Babergh) enjoyed twin literary careers, both in the thriller genre. As the creator of Inspector Wexford she wrote police procedural novels under her own name, along with works often labelled psychological thrillers; and as Barbara Vine she wrote more ‘serious literary’ works, though all her prose was elegant, and her plots and premises never less than intriguing. She was a major donor to the Labour Party, and in the Lords introduced what would become The Female Genital Mutilation Act.

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