Shirley Conran

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Shirley Conran (born 21 September 1932) is a British novelist and journalist.

Life and writings[edit]

Shirley Conran is a bestselling author, whose books include Lace, which was made into a 1980s US miniseries, and Superwoman.[1] [2] She has been a columnist for Vanity Fair, women's editor of The Daily Mail and a feature writer for The Observer.

Conran was educated at the University of Portsmouth. She was successfully treated for skin cancer[when?] and has suffered from ME. [3] She is the ex-wife of British designer, restaurateur, retailer and writer Sir Terence Conran and mother to Sebastian Conran and Jasper Conran, both of whom are designers. Her two later husbands included Kevin O'Sullivan, now the husband of Victoria Glendinning.[4] Conran has homes in France and London, and lived in Monaco for several years.[5]

She is known for coining the phrases "Life's too short to stuff a mushroom" and "First things first, second things never".






  1. ^ Shirley Conran's CV
  2. ^ List of Publications by Conran, Shirley
  3. ^ Conran's introduction to the second edition of WHY ME? My Journey from M.E. to Health and Happiness Accessed 2010-07-10
  4. ^ Susan Johnson, The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 August 2007. "The lady vanishes". Retrieved 22 May 2014
  5. ^ Sarah Boseley, 31 May 1995, "Conran topless for a cause.", The Guardian, pg. 4