Margaret Forster





Margaret Forster

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in Carlisle, The United Kingdom
May 25, 1938

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Margaret Forster was educated at the Carlisle and County High School for Girls. From here she won an Open Scholarship to Somerville College, Oxford where in 1960 she was awarded an honours degree in History. The day after she finished her final exams, she married the writer Hunter Davies, whom she met and fell in love with at the age of 17.

Since 1963 Margaret Forster has worked as a novelist, biographer and freelance literary critic, contributing regularly to book programmes on television, to Radio 4 and various newpapers and magazines.

She lives half the year in London and half in the Lake District, and has three children, Caitlin, Jake and Flora.


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“I don't like taking from anyone. I'd rather be a giver, though not for any worthy reason. It's about control, obviously. If I give, I control; if I take, I am controlled. If someone offers me something for free I am at once suspicious.”
Margaret Forster, The Memory Box

“She smiled slightly as she continued to gaze at the passing scene: she was being a snob and delighting in it.”
Margaret Forster, Lady's Maid

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