9 June 1936
ND was born in London
, the younger by a year of two sisters.
ND began her investigative journalism, publishing documentary-style stories in the New Statesman
By 21 November 1963
ND published her first novel, Up the Junction
, with line-drawings by Susan Benson.
ND adapted her own fiction volume Up the Junction
for television (the BBC
's Wednesday Play
series) under the directorship of Ken Loach.
By 26 April 1967
ND published her very successful second novel Poor Cow
, titled from a word which is a sexual slur.
ND's Poor Cow
, like her previous novel, was adapted first for television and then as a film by director Ken Loach, with her own screenplay.