Lady Georgina Coleridge, writer and magazine editor, has died aged 87.
She began her journalism career in 1936 when, aged 20, she wrote as a freelance for Harper’s Bazaar. She had already had a book published three years earlier, called Grand Smashional Pointers, a series of sketches and poems about horse racing.
She joined The National Magazine Company’s circulation department in 1937, before moving into advertising, and in 1945 she joined Country Life.
In 1949 Coleridge became editor of Homes and Gardens, a position she held until 1963. The magazine offered a cookery expert, Hilda Whitlow, fictional serialisations, travel articles, and articles from contributor Betty Masingham, who specialised in flower arranging.
Coleridge became a director of Country Life Ltd. In 1971 she became director of special projects at IPC women’s magazines, until her retirement in 1974.
In 1978, she published another book about horse racing, That’s Racing. She also co-founded the Women of the Year lunch in 1955.
She was chairwoman of the Institute of Journalists’ London district in 1954 and president of the Women’s Press Club from 1965 until 1967.