Flora Macdonald Mayor was born in 1872 and read History at Cambridge. Five of her novels have been published, one posthumously, and a collection of stories for children. But it is this novel, published in 1913 and THE RECTOR'S DAUGHTER, published in 1924 which best express her artistic genius. After life long ill-health she died in 1932.
'Mayor's achievement is to take the "superfluous female" of the Victorian census return, and transform her into a figure of luminous importance' - Independent 'As a literary study of that now-extinct creature, the Victorian spinster, it shines' - Guardian 'This is a great work of fiction, with deep emotional, moral, intellectual and social content..' - Susan Hill