Gladys Maude Winifred Mitchell was born in Oxfordshire on 19th April 1901, to James and Annie Mitchell
who were of Scottish origin. Her initial schooling was at the Rothschild School in Brentford
and later the Green School in Isleworth. In 1921, Mitchell went to Goldsmith's College in london were
she remained until she graduated and took a post at St Paul's School in Brentford, teaching
history and English until 1925.
It was after a move to St Anne's Senior Girls School in Ealing that, at the age of 28, she began her literary career.
Mitchell maintained her teaching career and despite the obvious pressures of time,
still managed to produce at least one novel a year.
She also wrote under the pseudonyms of Stephen Hockaby and Malcolm Torrie, as well as writing ten children's books under her own name. Gladys Mitchell passed away on 27th July 1983, at the age of 82. Michael Joseph subsequently published three posthumous novels which all sold well, confirming her continuing popularity.
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