became known in the mid-twentieth century for her documentary-style fiction about the lives of working-class women in London. Her ear for dialogue (the rhythms of working-class speech in particular) and her forthright treatment of women's sexuality are features of her writing. From sketches and novels she moved quickly into interviewing and plays and monologues. Her early work formed part of an investigative naturalistic cultural movement which focused on working-class life. It was associated by some with the so-called angry young men school, a group which was disowned by most of those whom the media associated with it. ND
, however, continued to find new uses for social realism and reportage after the end of the 1960s and 70s.