Anne Atkins is a novelist and the author of The Lost Child, On Our Own and A Fine and Private Place, as well as a number of works of non-fiction. She is a regular contributor to the radio feature “Thought for the Day” on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.
She was the Daily Telegraph’s first agony aunt (1996–2000), and has also written regular columns for the Mail and the Express. She has writen for most of the country’s national newspapers including The Times, the Sunday Times, the Guardian, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Evening Standard, the Sun and the Express, as well as magazines such as Country Life, The Lady and Women’s Own.
She presented The Agony Hour series for Channel 5; Watch Your ****ing Language for Channel 4; Why People Hate Christians for BBC Radio 4; the dilemmas spot for ITV’s Sunday, and frequently comments on programmes such as Question Time, Any Questions? and the Today programme. She was a contributor to Why I’m Still an Anglican and is author of Split Image, male and female after God’s likeness.
She is a Christian by conviction and an Anglican by upbringing.
Free schools: myth and reality
"The rules of the game at The Battle of Ideas makes beating about the bush impossible. When you are given 5 minutes to make your point, you either say something essential, or you reveal that you have nothing really to say. This eliminates 'the unbearable lightness' of speculation that haunts public debate."
Albena Azmanova, social philosopher, political commentator and activist