Novelist and critic, born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, N England, UK. She studied at Cambridge. She has written biographies of Arnold Bennett (1974) and Angus Wilson (1994). Her novels include A Summer Bird-Cage (1962), The Ice Age (1977), The Radiant Way (1987), The Witch of Exmoor (1996), The Peppered Moth (2001), and The Sea Lady (2006). She was the editor of the 5th edition of the Oxford Companion to English Literature (1985). Her elder sister is the novelist A S Byatt. She married her second husband, biographer Michael Holroyd, in 1982.
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