24 October 1915
Esther Pearl Laski (later known as ML) was born in Manchester
(not London, as some reference sources report), the eldest of six children.
ML published through her husband
's Cresset Press
her first novel, Love on the Supertax
, a fantastical comedy whose title invokes Walter Greenwood's Love on the Dole
By 6 November 1953
ML's suspense novel The Victorian Chaise-Longue
juxtaposes the lives of a mid-Victorian woman and a twentieth-century woman, examining the consequences of female independence in each period.
ML's final publication was also her last literary biography: From Palm to Pine: Rudyard Kipling Abroad and at Home
6 February 1988
ML, a lifelong smoker, died of cigarette-related illness in London
's Royal Brompton Hospital, which specialises in the treatment of pulmonary diseases.