Born in Carlisle, Margaret Forster was the author of many successful and acclaimed novels, including Have the Men Had Enough?, Lady's Maid, Diary of an Ordinary Woman, Is There Anything You Want? , Keeping the World Away, Over and The Unknown Bridesmaid. She also wrote bestselling memoirs - Hidden Lives, Precious Lives and, most recently, My Life in Houses - and biographies. She was married to writer and journalist Hunter Davies and lived in London and the Lake District. She died in February 2016, just before her last novel, How to Measure a Cow, was published.
"The diary is slight, but very sweet. You would be pleased to find it in your Christmas stocking... Margaret is a good egg. You like her more and more... If you were happy at school, Forster's diary will bring it all back. If you were unhappy, she will make you wistful for what you missed." -- Laura Freeman * The Times * "Unmissable: a neat little green clothbound time machine" -- Libby Purves * Times Literary Supplement * "Funny, acute and revealing by turns... a tantalising, nostalgia-inducing glimpse into a young life and a lost world" -- Lettie Kennedy * Guardian * "A heady mix of bookish teenage passions and 1950s nostalgia" * Good Housekeeping *