(1892-1983) an English writer and journalist. She wrote many novels, including The Thinking Reed (1936), The Fountain Overflows (1956) and The Birds Fall Down (1966), but is best remembered for the books she wrote as a result of her work as a journalist. These include The Meaning of Treason (1949), about the spies Burgess and Maclean, and A Train of Powder (1955) about the Nuremberg trials. West had a long love affair with the writer H G Wells. She was made a dame in 1959.