19 January 1925
Mary Mabey (later NB) was born in London
, eldest in a family that included two brothers.
NB's first novel, Who Calls the Tune
, was published by Collins
. It was a detective story or crime novel, "a kind of climbing frame within which I could write about the things that interested me."
By mid-July 1987
NB's issued her novel Circles of Deceit
, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in the year of its publication.
21 March 2005
In Dear Austen
, a book in the form of a letter to her husband, Austen Kark
, who was killed instantly in the Potters Bar
train disaster, NB relates how she tried to make sense of her loss, and failed.
22 August 2012
NB died at the age of eighty-seven.