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In 1979, at the age of 25 Brown was invited to edit the tiny, almost extinct society magazine Tatler by its new owner, the Australian real estate millionaire Gary Bogard and transformed it into a modern glossy magazine with covers by celebrated photographers like Norman Parkinson, Helmut Newton, and David Bailey, and fashion by Michael Roberts.
Tatler featured writers from Brown's eclectic circle including Julian Barnes, Dennis Potter, Auberon Waugh, Brian Sewell, Georgina Howell (whom Brown appointed deputy editor), and Nicholas Coleridge (later President of Conde Nast International).
It wasn't too clever, it was just dull."The first contract writer she hired was not a writer but a movie producer whom she met at a dinner party hosted by the writer Marie Brenner.
The producer told her he was going to California for the trial of the strangler of his daughter.
She stayed on as a contributing editor for a brief time, and then was named editor-in-chief on 1 January 1984.
In 1973, the literary agent Pat Kavanagh introduced Brown's writings to Harold Evans, editor of The Sunday Times and in 1974 she was given freelance assignments in the UK by Ian Jack, the paper's features editor and in the US by its colour magazine edited by Godfrey Smith.Brown's sharp, witty prose led to her being published by the New Statesman while she was still an undergraduate at Oxford.