Margaret Forster entry: Overview screen.
Writing and Life
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Margaret Forster's tally of books, which began to appear in the later twentieth century, neared forty. They run the gamut from novels at one end to history and biography at the other, emphasising the complex relation of fiction to fact. Primarily a novelist, she also published remarkable works of family memoir, several biographies (some of them incorporating literary criticism), and recollections of Thackeray written as if by himself. She also edited and commented on literary works, and published a volume of poetry.
25 May 1938 MF was born in the front bedroom of her parents' house at 44 Orton Road, Carlisle, after a labour of only an hour. She was the middle one of three children. Bibliographic Citation link.
January 1965 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. Bibliographic Citation link.
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. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
8 February 2016 MF died of cancer. Bibliographic Citation link.
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. Bibliographic Citation link.
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