Joan Smith

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Joan Alison Smith (born 27 August 1953, London) is an English novelist, journalist and human rights activist, who is a former chair of the Writers in Prison committee in the English section of International PEN. She is a columnist with The Independent (UK), but has also has written columns for The Independent on Sunday and The Guardian and her reviews appear in the Financial Times, The Sunday Times and The Independent. She is one of the presenters on What the Papers Say and a regular contributor to BBC radio.

Her former partner is Denis MacShane, the controversial Labour MP [1]




Joan Smith Novels

  • What Will Survive, Arcadia, 2007.
  • Moralities
  • Misogynies


  1. [What Will Survive, Jonathan Fryer, 5 July 2007 (blog)
  2. National Secular Society Our Honorary Associates. Accessed 20 September 2015.