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Last Updated: Saturday, 29 December 2007, 02:16 GMT
Historical author appointed OBE
A historical novelist from Suffolk has been appointed an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year Honours list.

Peter Vansittart, 87, has become an OBE for his services to literature.

Mr Vansittart, who lives in Ipswich, was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1985 and has had 50 novels published since 1942.

His latest novel, Secret Protocols, set during World War II, was published last year.

Mr Vansittart, who was born in Bedford, was educated at Worcester College, Oxford.

He was a schoolteacher for 25 years before becoming a full time writer of books for both adults and children.

His novels span eras from 2,000 BC to Ad 1986 and he published an autobiography, Paths from the White Horse, in 1985.

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