Anne Baker (author)

Anne Baker (née Salmond) (born 14 May 1914) is a British writer of historical biographies.

Anne Salmond was born just before the outbreak of World War I, the daughter of Geoffrey Salmond who later became the professional head of the Royal Air Force. She was educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and lived with her father and mother in both Egypt and India. She married Valentine Baker (1910–1979), and lives in Salisbury. She turned 100 in May 2014.[1] She received a merit award from the NSPCC at the charity's Salisbury fundraising branch on 28 April 2017 for more than 50 years of volunteer work.[2] As of July 2019, Baker was still fundraising at the age of 105.[3]


  • Morning Star (1972), The life of Florence Baker, wife of the explorer Sir Samuel Baker[4]
  • Wings over Kabul (1975), Account of the Kabul Airlift, co-written with Sir Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman
  • A Question of Honour (1996), The Fall and Rise of Colonel Valentine Baker
  • From Biplane to Spitfire: The Life of Air Chief Marshal Sir Geoffrey Salmond (2003)


  1. ^ Hannah White (21 May 2014). "Happy 100th for Anne". Salisbury Journal. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  2. ^ Rebecca Hudson (4 May 2017). "Volunteer Anne Baker, 102, receives award for more than 50 years of service to the NSPCC". Salisbury Journal. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  3. ^ NSPCC's oldest fundraiser, Salisbury's Anne Baker, raises £1,500 with garden party
  4. ^ "Showing all editions for 'Morning Star: Florence Baker's diary of the expedition to put down the slave trade on the Nile, 1870–1873;'". WorldCat. Retrieved 13 December 2018.

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