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Margaret Forster

UK (1938 - 2016)

Margaret Forster was born in Carlisle in 1938. She was the author of the bestselling memoirs, Hidden Lives and Precious Lives, acclaimed biographies of Daphne du Maurier and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and of many successful novels.

Non fiction
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2007) : Over

Margaret Forster recommends
The Mountain of Immoderate Desires
The Mountain of Immoderate Desires (1994)
Leslie Wilson
"I did enjoy, and admire this novel so much. It satisfies on so many levels it gives me that good story I always crave, it involved me with two moving and utterly believable characters, it transported me to turn-of-the century Hong Kong, and it made me think about all kinds of quite deep moral issues."
Trick of the Light
Trick of the Light (1996)
Jill Dawson
"The novel held me right to the end. I was constantly ... held by the evocation of place."

The Diary of an American Au Pair (2001)
Marjorie Leet Ford
"I loved this book... I found myself smiling all the way through... a lovely novel."
The Good People of New York
The Good People of New York (2001)
Thisbe Nissen
"I relished Thisbe Nissen's novel."

Haweswater (2002)
Sarah Hall
"A strikingly original first novel, full not just of fury but also of the most sensitive compassion for the people and the place. "

English Correspondence (2003)
Janet Davey
"I fell on ENGLISH CORRESPONDENCE with joy. I purred over its sheer intelligence, its quiet wit..."
The Mountain of Light
The Mountain of Light (2004)
Claire Allen
"I loved it... I felt under its spell from the beginning."

The Family Tree (2004)
Carole Cadwalladr
"A real delight to read . . . such a delicacy of touch . . . very funny . . . hugely enjoyable "

The Great Stink (2005)
Clare Clark
"Staggeringly evocative...a fine new novelist."
Salt (2007)
Jeremy Page
"Striking, funny, terrifying... I admired and loved it."

Painter of Silence (2012)
Georgina Harding
"She lays an image down so gently that it floats in the mind long after."

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