Writing from before until after the second half of the twentieth century, Gwen Moffat has covered a huge span of genres. Having written poetry in youth, she turned to journalism (on outdoor subjects) when short of money. It took her a long time to realise that literary and physical interests could be combined: that a climber might be interested in James Joyce. She published several non-fiction books—mountaineering reminiscences, works on mountain rescue and on conservation and ecology—before embarking on a long and successful career as a writer of crime fiction. Her oeuvre also includes one or two non-crime novels, and books about the American pioneers travelling southwest, and her own travels in their footsteps.
3 July 1924 Gwen Goddard (later GM) was born at Brighton in Sussex, the younger of two sisters.
Late July 1961 GM was several years short of forty when she published a climbing autobiography, Space Below My Feet, which describes her early search for direction and the growth of her passion for mountains.
26 July 2007 GM's crime novel Gone Feral was her apparently final publication.