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Rebecca de Saintonge  was born in Devon to a Devonian mother and French-Canadian father and began her career as a newspaper reporter before working for the BBC and Granada Television as an investigative journalist. There she specialized in programmes on social justice, the penal system and religious affairs.  She has also written for:

The Weekend Guardian

The Independent

The Times

The Telegraph

Third Way

In her early 50’s Rebecca took a humanities degree at Birkbeck, University of London, and went on to work for a PhD in medieval social history before managing The Literary Consultancy  in London.  There she acted as a personal mentor to new writers of non-fiction and continues to do so through her Memoir Writing Courses on Line.

She has run a number of creative writing workshops for The Oldie Magazine, Swann Hellenic Cruises and the Who Do You Think You Are exhibition at Olympia.

Rebecca is an experienced ghost writer and biographer.  Her own memoir One Yellow Door, was first published by Darton Longman and Todd in 2016 and became an Amazon No 1 best seller. It was published for the North American market in the spring of 2020.

In 2017 her biography of the political activist Nico Smith, Outside the Gate: A white man’s fight for black Justice, was reprinted with a new introduction at the request of South Africans trying to come to terms with their past.    It was originally published by Hodder and Stoughton, 1989.

Her work as a ghost writer has been published in six languages and she has edited a number of autobiographies including:

Dear Sir or Madam: The autobiography of a female-to-male transsexual by Mark Rees (Cassell)

Rescued by Love, the story of a woman who killed her husband (Hodder and Stoughton)

An Improbable Career, by Anne Seagrim (published privately).