• Dr Ruth Dudley Edwards

    journalist and author

    Journalist, broadcaster, biographer and historian Ruth Dudley Edwards’s twelve crime novels satirise institutions and – above all – political correctness.  Targets include the civil service, academia, gentlemen’s clubs, the House of Lords, the Anglo-Irish peace process, the Church of England and literary prizes. Murdering Americans was set on an Indiana campus (CrimeFest Last Laugh Award 2008). Killing the Emperors, a black comedy about the preposterous world of conceptual art, won the 2013 Goldsboro Last Laugh Award. At present she is working on Death of a Snowflake.

    Her non-fiction includes: Patrick Pearse (National University of Ireland Prize for Historical Research); Victor Gollancz (James Tait Black Memorial Prize), The Pursuit of Reason: The Economist: 1843-1993; True Brits: inside the Foreign Office; Newspapermen: Cecil King, Hugh Cudlipp and the glory days of Fleet Street; The Faithful Tribe: an intimate portrait of the loyal institutions; Aftermath: the Omagh bombing and the families’ pursuit of justice (CWA Non-fiction Dagger 2010) and The Seven: the lives and legacies of the founding fathers of the Irish Republic (short-listed for the 2017 Orwell Prize). Her Most recent publications in fiction were short stories in Trouble is our Business and Motives for Murder, edited by Declan Burke and Martin Edwards.


Championship: London North 2018

DEBATE: Populism

Championship: London North 2018

DEBATE: Historical monuments


Thursday 27 June:
Oxfordshire Championship at Oxford Union, in partnership with Magdalen College School and Oxford Festival of Arts

Friday 5 July:
North East Championship at Durham Sixth Form Centre


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