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Rachel Holmes attended King’s College, London, and received her doctorate from Queen Mary and Westfield College, London. She has held professorships at the University of London and the University of Sussex. She judged the 2000 Whitbread Novel Award and the 2001 Orange Prize for Fiction. She writes for many newspapers and journals, and is a frequent broadcaster. She resides in London, where she is completing a biography of Saartjie Baartman, the Hottentot Venus.
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