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Stephanie Merritt
Writer

Stephanie Merritt is a writer and novelist. She was deputy literary editor of The Observer from 1998-2005 and, as S.J.Parris, writes a bestselling series featuring the 16th-century heretic philosopher and spy, Giordano Bruno. 

Written by Stephanie Merritt

Essay/
Thinkers and theories
Bruno the brave

For anyone who dares to voice dangerous ideas and risk imprisonment or exile, Giordano Bruno remains a hero

Stephanie Merritt