Writer, “agony aunt”, and Patron of Humanists UK
Virginia Ironside wrote her first book at the age of 20 and has since written 15 others, including a biography of her and her mother, Janey and Me, and a book about grief, “You’ll Get Over it” – the Rage of Bereavement (the quotes are ironic). She’s currently working on the fourth of her series about a 60-year-old granny, which started off with No! I Don’t Want to Join a Bookclub!
She’s been an “agony aunt” for 40 years, starting at Woman magazine, then the Sunday Mirror, Today and the Sunday Post, and currently dispenses characteristically brisk and sensible advice in The Independent’s “Dilemmas” column. She also writes a column for The Oldie. She spends part of her time now campaigning against destructive planning proposals and performing her one-woman show, “Growing Old Disgracefully”.
She has only had a couple of “religious” periods her in her life – once when she was eleven and fancied the vicar and once after she’d seen a vision of Christ in her kitchen, after which she tried church for a year only to find it full of lies, false hope and hypocrisy.