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Margaret Leroy

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She grew up in the New Forest. She went to Oxford to study music, at St. Hilda's College. In her twenties she tried all sorts of things - music therapy, play-leading with children with disabilities, work in a toy shop, teaching. She also got married - and divorced. Finally she found work she really enjoyed, as a social worker: She qualified at Leicester University, and worked in psychiatry and then in child protection. It's a reviled profession but she found it fascinating: though, intriguingly, in her writing social workers are more likely to be villains than heroes. Around this time she met Mick, who is now her husband and she started writing again. She became a full-time writer after her daughter was born.

Genres: Historical Romance
   Trust (1999)
   Alysson's Shoes (2002)
   Postcards from Berlin (2003)
   The River House (2005)
   Yes, My Darling Daughter (2009)
     aka The Drowning Girl
   The Perfect Mother (2010)
   The Collaborator (2011)
     aka The Soldier's Wife
   The English Girl (2013)
   A Brief Affair (2015)
Non fiction
Margaret Leroy recommends
Falling for You (2011)
Giselle Green
"Tender and compelling - guaranteed to keep you hooked till the very last word."
The Innocents (2012)
Francesca Segal
"I was captivated by this alluring novel. 'The Innocents' is a deliciously subtle and contemporary take on the perennial conflict between duty and desire. Francesca Segal writes with dazzling psychological precision, conjuring up characters who are complex, engaging and utterly real, and exploring the dilemmas they face with a delicate wisdom."
City of Women (2012)
David R Gillham
"A thriller of searing intensity that asks the most urgent of questions—how to love, who to trust, what can be saved in the very darkest of times. . . . Utterly compelling."
After the Last Dance (2015)
Sarra Manning
"After the Last Dance has fascinating settings, a compelling storyline with a skilful interplay of light and shadow, and vividly-realised characters that you immediately take to your heart."

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