Author and Journalist
I was born in 1946, and lived in England as a child, except for two years in South Africa (1951-1953). I went to the Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hampton (1954-1964), then to Newnham College, Cambridge (1964-7) where I read history.
After leaving university I discovered that my father was the Norwegian resistance fighter and writer Eiliv Odde Hauge; I have since met my Norwegian relations and made many trips to Norway.
After a few years as a film editor, I married Tom Griffith in 1969, taught history for two years (Blackheath High School) and had four daughters, Tilly, Daisy, Susie and Ellie. They aided and abetted the writing of my second book Dream Babies, which was published in 1983. Tom and I were divorced in 1991, but he is the best of fathers.
I now live on the western edge of Oxford in a rambling house overflowing with books with an even more rambling garden full of tall trees and adventurous challenges for my nine grandchildren. SAdly i have given up keeping hens since the foxes discovered that there was such a thing as a free lunch. I’m hoping to house a bee-hive next summer, as a bee-keeping friend has offered to put one of his hives at the end of the garden.
The nearby River Thames is a passport to adventure. I have an 11ft sailing dinghy called Gipsy (a British Moth) which I sail both at West Oxfordshire Sailing Club and on the Thames, and a Mirror (Whizzbang) for when the grands are a little older. I also have a camping punt called Dulcibella.
Giant Hands, Manesty, Derwentwater
The World of Arthur Ransome (published 4 October 2012)