(1903–90) Journalist and broadcaster, born in Croydon and educated at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He published novels, plays, reportage, and memoirs, and from 1953 to 1957 was a successful editor of Punch, but is principally remembered as a pundit and controversialist. In his youth he shocked liberals and the left by his exposé of the Soviet Union (Winter in Moscow, 1934) and in later years, while remaining iconoclastic, he became a well-known television performer and an outspoken Christian apologist. His diaries were published in 1981 and there is a biography written by Richard Ingrams (1995).
From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.