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Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE (1930)

Born in London, Rendell became an author of murder mysteries and psychological thrillers in the 1960s. She has since published dozens of award-winning novels—many featuring her Chief Inspector Wexford—and has been recognized for her sharp prose and psychological insight by both critics and audiences. Originally a journalist, Rendell was fired after writing about a society dinner she did not attend. What notable misfortune, which was absent from Rendell's article, befell the speaker of the event? More...
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Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE (1930)
Born in London, Rendell became an author of murder mysteries and psychological thrillers in the 1960s. She has since published dozens of award-winning novels—many featuring her Chief Inspector Wexford—and has been recognized for her sharp prose and psychological insight by both critics and audiences. Originally a journalist, Rendell was fired after writing about a society dinner she did not attend. What notable misfortune, which was absent from Rendell's article, befell the speaker
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Britain’s best loved bestselling author Ruth Rendell died at age 85. She wrote crime thrillers and psychological mysteries. She had been admitted to hospital in January after a serious stroke.

Hutchinson & Co., her publisher announced her death in a statement : “It is with great sadness that the family of author Ruth Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE, announce that she passed away in London at 8am on Saturday 2 May, aged 85. The family has requested privacy at this time.”

She was born Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE (née Grasemann) on February 17, 1930 in South Woodford, London, England. She wrote more than 60 novels, including the psychological thrillers she wrote as Barbara Vine, with her debut, From Doon With Death, introducing the world of Chief Inspector Wexford, was the hero of her many popular police stories in 1964. Under her pen name Barbara Vine, she wrote 14 novels for Penguin.

The Girl Next Door, her most recent book came out last year along with a 50th anniversary edition of her debut novel, From Doon With Death.

She told the Guardian two years ago: “Suspense is my thing. I think I am able to make people want to keep turning pages.”

She won prizes including Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger, The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence, the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award, and the Arts Council National Book Awards to name a few. Undoubtedly, she had delighted fans for five decades with her dark and intricately plotted crime novels. Her books made worldwide sales of 20 million copies.

She was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)and a life peer as Baroness Rendell of Babergh, of Aldeburgh in the County of Suffolk, on 24 October 1997. She sat in the House of Lords for the Labour Party. She introduced into the Lords the bill that would later become the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003. She was also a patron of the charity Kids for Kids which helps children in rural areas of Darfur.

Rendell married her husband, Don Rendell in 1953. The couple divorced in 1975, but remarried two years later. Don Rendell died in 1999 from prostate cancer. She was a proud mother and grandmother, a generous and loyal friend.



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She was born Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE (née Grasemann) on February 17, 1930 in South Woodford, London, England.


What a strange (and incorrect) way of putting it.

She was born Ruth Barbara Grasemann.


She became Rendell on her marriage and Baroness on award of the honour. She wasn't born with either the name or the title.

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Rendell was born Ruth Barbara Grasemann in 1930, in South Woodford, Essex (now Greater London).[2] Her parents were teachers. Her mother, Ebba Kruse, was born in Sweden to Danish parents and brought up in Denmark; her father, Arthur Grasemann, was English. [edit - but that name suggests European background] As a result of spending Christmas and other holidays in Scandinavia, Rendell learned Swedish and Danish.[3] Rendell was educated at the County High School for Girls in Loughton, Essex,[2] the town to which the family moved during her childhood.

After high school she became a feature writer for her local Essex paper, the Chigwell Times. However, she was forced to resign after filing a story about a local sports club dinner she hadn't attended and failing to report that the after-dinner speaker had died midway through the speech.[4]


Ouch - I bet there were a thousand events where nothing happened but she dutifully went - then this guy had to do something interesting and drop dead (poor guy).
That must have been an embarrassing meeting with the editor. d'oh!
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Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE (1930)
Born in London, Rendell became an author of murder mysteries and psychological thrillers in the 1960s. She has since published dozens of award-winning novels—many featuring her Chief Inspector Wexford—and has been recognized for her sharp prose and psychological insight by both critics and audiences. Originally a journalist, Rendell was fired after writing about a society dinner she did not attend.
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Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE (née Grasemann) was born in South Woodford, Essex (now Greater London) on 17 February 1930.
She was an English author of thrillers and psychological murder mysteries.
Baroness Rendell received many awards, including the Silver, Gold, and Cartier Diamond Daggers from the Crime Writers' Association, three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America, The Arts Council National Book Awards, and The Sunday Times Literary Award. A number of her works have been adapted for film or television. She was also a patron of the charity Kids for Kids which helps children in rural areas of Darfur. There is a blue plaque on one of her homes, 45 Millsmead Way, in Loughton. This was unveiled by her son, Simon on 24 February 2016.
She had a stroke on 7 January 2015 and died in London on 2 May 2015 aged 85.
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