17 September 1916
Mary Florence Elinor Rainbow (later MS) was born at Sunderland
in County Durham
, one of a family of three children.
MS set her novel This Rough Magic
on the Greek
island of Corfu
By late July 1970
MS published The Crystal Cave
, the first of her Merlin series of three historical novels and of a total of five Arthurian
5 June 1997
MS's final book, another romantic suspense novel entitled Rose Cottage
, shared some of its preoccupations with Thornyhold
MS died at the age of ninety-seven after nearly thirteen years as a widow.