MD published her first book, One Pair of Hands
, a personal memoir about her two years working as a cook-general (that is, a domestic servant who cooks, cleans, etc.) in a succession of twenty different households.
MD published One Pair of Feet
, about her experience of working as a trainee hospital nurse.
25 December 1992
MD died of bowel cancer, in her late seventies, in hospital at Reading
MD's last novel, One of the Family
, appeared posthumously: in it the humdrum, satisfactory life of one male character is transformed by another, first with excitement, then disaster.