25 May 1938
MF was born in the front bedroom of her parents' house at 44 Orton Road
, after a labour of only an hour. She was the middle one of three children.
MF's two works published this year were Georgy Girl
(the most popular of her earlier novels, probably because of the film made from it and its 'swinging London
' background) and The Bogeyman
, rewritten from a rejected manuscript.
By September 1995
MF published Hidden Lives, A Family Memoir
, with family photos, a map of central Carlisle
(accurate any time up to the 1950s), and endpapers of Carlisle Central Market about 1910.
8 February 2016
MF died of cancer.
3 March 2016
MF's final novel, How to Measure a Cow
, appeared in print without any mention on the volume of her recent death.