|Birthname||Michael De Courcy Fraser Holroyd|
|born on||27 August 1935 at 16:20 (= 4:20 PM )|
|Place||London, England, 51n30, 0w10|
|Timezone||GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)|
|Astrology data||03°25' 18°07 Asc. 22°43'|
Sir Michael Holroyd was educated at Eton College. In 1964 he published his first book, a biography of writer Hugh Kingsmill, but his reputation was consolidated in 1967-68 with the publication of his life of Lytton Strachey (which playwright Christopher Hampton later used extensively when writing the screenplay for the 1995 film Carrington). Holroyd has also written biographies of Augustus John and, in four volumes, of George Bernard Shaw.
Holroyd acted as Chairman of the Society of Authors, 1973–83, and from 1985 to 1988 was president of the English branch of PEN. His awards include the 2001 Heywood Hill Literary Prize and the 2005 David Cohen Prize for literature. In 2006, he was awarded the Golden PEN Award by English PEN for "a Lifetime's Distinguished Service to Literature". He was President of the Royal Society of Literature from 2003 to 2008 and was knighted in the 2007 New Years' Honours List. Holroyd is a Patron of Dignity in Dying. He is married to author Dame Margaret Drabble.
Sy Scholfield quotes "Basil Street Blues" by Michael Holroyd (Random House, 2000), p. 91: "She was taken to the London Clinic and Kaja arrived from Sweden just in time for my birth at 4.20 pm on 27 August ."
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