My sister and I knew that our mother was an author and poet, but it wasn’t until after her death in l991 that we discovered her journals written in her small neat handwriting in black hand-bound books. They gave an intriguing and honest look into the young woman that we had never known, while she was a governess in Germany from 1929 to 1933. They also give a fascinating insight into life in Germany in the years leading up to the war. In l988 she had written her autobiography for the family, but the survival of the early journals was a valuable surprise. We are pleased to send her early musings out into the world.

Her legacy includes a vast number of unpublished poems, many of love and longing and abandonment. She was a published poet, and the author of many children’s stories that appeared in anthologies in England while we were children.

Christine Ross

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