December 30

Sophie Ward

Sophie Ward (born December 30, 1964) U.K. novelist - Love and Other Thought Experiments (2020)

Visit Sophie Ward's website

Watch an interview with Sophie Ward

Gabriel Krauze

Gabriel Krauze (born December 30, 1964) U.K. novelist - Who They Was (2020)

Gabriel Krauze on his novel Who They Was

An interview with
 Gabriel Krauze

Joseph Rudyard Kipling

Joseph Rudyard Kipling (born December 30, 1865) British author and poet – The Jungle Book (1894) (short stories)

Read more about Kipling here

Julia Briggs

Julia Briggs (born December 30, 1943) U.K. biographer, professor of English literature – Popular Children's Literature in Britain

Read Julia Briggs 2007 obituary here

The least territorial or rivalrous of colleagues, Julia was a nurturer of others, while insisting upon the highest standards of research. She was in her element supervising doctoral students, and they adored her. A natural supporter of the underdog, she was hugely sympathetic to the needs of mature students, and relished teaching adults in day schools and workshops throughout her life. She helped to inaugurate the British Shakespeare Association, open to all Shakespearean enthusiasts, and was a staunch friend of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain. Julia was a life-enhancer. Radiant, warm, and with a great sense of fun, she had a gift for intimacy with both women and men. Hers was an intense, loving nature and she seemed always to be entangled in a passionate love affair.