17 March 1933
Penelope Low (later PL) was born in Cairo
had been an independent country since 28 February 1922, but continued to be occupied by the British army until 26 August 1936.
PL issued her first book, a novel for children entitled Astercote
, with illustrations by Antony Maitland
PL published what perhaps still remains her best-known novel, Moon Tiger
, set largely in Cairo
in the 1940s, winner of that year's Booker Prize.