Margaret Forster: A Life in Books

Margaret Forster: A Life in Books

by Kathleen Jones


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Margaret Forster was one of the UK’s most prolific and respected authors. Born in Cumbria to working class parents in 1938, she published her first novel at the age of twenty two. Since then she has written 25 novels as well as 9 non-fiction titles – a mixture of award-winning biography and memoir.

Kathleen Jones, a biographer, poet and fellow Cumbrian, explores Margaret’s books against the background of her life – divided between the quiet hills of the Lake District and the busy capital city London; between the demands of a lively family, and her own writing career.

This book sets out to answer the questions readers most often want to ask. How did Margaret manage to sustain her career from the best-selling Georgy Girl, to the Orange Prize listed Over without doing any of the author events or publicity stunts that publishers expect? Where did the idea for Diary of an Ordinary Woman come from? How autobiographical are her novels? Did Margaret prefer writing biography or fiction? Was she a feminist? And above all, how did she accomplish the juggling act of family and career through a marriage that lasted more than fifty years?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780957433212
Publisher: Ferber Jones Ltd
Publication date: 10/20/2016
Pages: 158
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

KATHLEEN JONES was born and brought up on a hill farm in Cumbria and still lives in the English Lake District with her partner, sculptor Neil Ferber. She has been writing since she was a child and has published seventeen books including seven biographies, a novel and a collection of poetry. She lived for ten years in Africa and the Middle East, where she worked for the Qatar Broadcasting Corporation. Since then she has written extensively for BBC radio and contributed to several television documentaries.

Kathleen was appointed as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow in 2007. Her recent biography, 'Katherine Mansfield: The Storyteller' was published by Penguin NZ and Edinburgh University Press in 2010. She has also written two novels, 'The Sun's Companion' and 'The Centauress'. Her latest collection of poetry 'Not Saying Goodbye at Gate 21', published by Templar Poetry, won the 2011 Straid Award. Her most recent book is a travel memoir, 'Travelling to the Edge of the World', documenting a visit to the remote islands of Haida Gwaii on an environmental quest.

Although she is best known for her award-winning biographies, she has also published poetry, feature articles and short fiction in a variety of national and international magazines and newspapers. Her short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio and on radio networks in Holland, Germany and Spain. As a journalist Kathleen has written articles and reviews for the Independent, the Guardian, the Daily Express, and the TLS, as well as magazines such as SHE and Cosmo.

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