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Michèle Roberts began to write during the later twentieth century: diaries, journalism, and collaborative scenarios and improvisations, for street theatre in connection with the burgeoning women's movement of the 1970s. She has had a few plays performed since, but has published poetry, twelve novels, short stories, reviews, and a memoir. Her fiction often includes fantastic elements, and hauntings presented as fact, in its characteristically fractured narratives with perceptible sources in her own life experience. Recently responses to her work have tended to polarise: avowed feminists love her; others loathe her.
20 May 1949 MR was born at Bushey in Hertfordshire, one of girl twins in the middle of her family.  Bibliographic Citation link.
October 1984 MR's third novel, The Wild Girl, concerns the biblical Mary Magdalene or Magdalen, whose portrayal as "religious and sexually active and unmarried" Bibliographic Citation link. was of course controversial. Bibliographic Citation link.
17 September 1992 MR published Daughters of the House, her most-recognised novel to date, since it won the W. H. Smith Library Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Bibliographic Citation link.
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