Born in Somerset, in the West Country of England, MARCIA WILLETT was the youngest of five girls. Her family was unconventional and musical, but Marcia chose to train as a ballet dancer. Unfortunately her body did not develop with the classical proportions demanded by the Royal Ballet, so she studied to be a ballet teacher. Her first husband was a naval officer in the submarine service; their son, Charles, is now married and a clergyman. Her second husband, Rodney, himself a writer and broadcaster, encouraged Marcia to write novels. "The Birdcage" follows three earlier novels, "A Week in Winter," "A Summer in the Country," and "The Children's Hour."
"Deservedly compared to her countrywomen, Binchy and Pilcher, Willett is an equally gifted storyteller."--"Booklist"