Search - List of Books by Libby Purves

For the Australian actress and writer, see Libby Purvis.


Libby Purves OBE (born 2 February 1950 in London, England) is a British radio presenter, journalist and author. A diplomat's daughter, she was educated at convent schools in Israel, Bangkok, South Africa and France, and then Beechwood Sacred Heart School in Tunbridge Wells.

Purves won a scholarship to St Anne's College, Oxford, where she was awarded a First Class degree in English. She was elected Librarian (effectively Vice President) of the Oxford Union. In 1971, she joined the BBC as a studio manager. In 1976, at the age of 28, she joined Brian Redhead on the BBC's Today programme, becoming the show's first female presenter. In 1983 she was, during a four month period, editor of the Tatler magazine.

She currently presents Midweek on BBC Radio 4 and the education programme The Learning Curve. Purves also writes a column for The Times newspaper. She was named columnist of the year in 1999 and in the same year was appointed an OBE for services to journalism.

She has written a series of books on childcare, eleven novels including Mother Country, and a travel book, One Summer's Grace, about a 1700-mile sailing journey round Britain with children aged three and five.

She is married to Paul Heiney and they live near Leiston in Suffolk, close to her mother's home in Southwold. They have one living child, Rose Heiney, an actress and writer, who has also been an occasional columnist for The Times newspaper. Their first child, Nicholas Heiney died on 26 June 2006 at the age of 23. He hanged himself in the family home after a struggle with serious mental illness. A collection of his sea-logs of a Pacific journey under square-rig, and of his poetry, has been published.

Despite her Roman Catholic faith, she is outspokenly in favour of gay rights, and has written many articles supporting this position. In 2009 Libby debated at the Cambridge Union against Dr Glenn Wilson and Rupert Myers on the motion 'This House Would Rather Be Gay'.

Libby Purves is a keen sailor and has a monthly column in the sailing magazine Yachting Monthly and is a regular contributor to The Oldie magazine. She was recently appointed a patron of The British Art Music Series Trust along with James MacMillan and John Wilson. In February 2010 she was appointed The Times drama critic in succession to Benedict Nightingale.
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Total Books: 93
Shadow Child
2010 - Shadow Child (Paperback)Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780340837436
ISBN-10: 0340837438
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Yachting Monthly This Cruising Life A Collection of amusing stories from the popular Yachting Monthly column
Love Songs and Lies
2007 - Love Songs and Lies [Charnwood Large Print] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781846178863
ISBN-10: 184617886X
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A Little Learning Broodings from the Back of the Class
2007 - A Little Learning Broodings From the Back of the Class (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780415417082
ISBN-10: 0415417082
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Acting Up
2005 - Acting Up [Charwood Large Print] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781843958000
ISBN-10: 1843958007
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Mother Country
2004 - Mother Country (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780340826089
ISBN-10: 0340826088
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Continental Drift
2004 - Continental Drift (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781843952442
ISBN-10: 1843952440
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How Not to Be a Perfect Mother
Radio A True Love Story
2003 - Radio a True Love Story (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780340822425
ISBN-10: 0340822422
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment
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Casting Off
2003 - Casting Off (Paperback)Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780340829875
ISBN-10: 0340829877
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Home Leave
2003 - Home Leave (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780340829882
ISBN-10: 0340829885
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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A Long Walk in Wintertime
2002 - A Long Walk in Wintertime (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780340829318
ISBN-10: 0340829311
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Zwei Wege zum Glck
2002 - Zwei Wege Zum Glck (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783442453030
ISBN-10: 3442453038
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A Free Woman
2002 - A Free Woman [Charnwood Library] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780708993781
ISBN-10: 0708993788
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More Lives Than One
2002 - More Lives Than One (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780340680438
ISBN-10: 0340680431
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Regatta
2002 - Regatta (Paperback)Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780340718810
ISBN-10: 0340718811
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Favorite Bible Stories
2001 - Favorite Bible Stories (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780789420640
ISBN-10: 0789420643
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Holy Smoke Religion and Roots  A Personal Memoir
2001 - Holy Smoke Religion and Roots a Personal Memoir (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780340721605
ISBN-10: 034072160X
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Passing Go
2001 - Passing Go (Audio Cassette)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780753110485
ISBN-10: 0753110482
Genre: General
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Nature's Masterpiece
2000 - Nature's Masterpiece (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780340751367
ISBN-10: 0340751363
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships
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How Not to Raise the Perfect Child
1997 - Grumpers' Farm Farmyard Stories to Read Aloud [Collins Story Collection] (Paperback)Hardcover
1996 - Como No Ser Una Familia Perfecta [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
1993 - Como No Educar Un Hijo Perfecto [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
1992 - Farming [Young Puffin Books] (Paperback)