||Maureen Duffy was born in 1933 and educated at state schools and the University of London, King's College where she took a degree in English Literature. After a spell of teaching she sold her first television play and retired to be a full-time writer, concentrating first on stage plays and poetry and then writing her first novel, That's How It Was, which was published in 1962. Altogether she has published twentyseven books of poetry, fiction, biography and other non-fiction. Her most recent novel, Restitution, was published in July 1998. She is currently chairman of the Copyright Licensing Agency, the UK's repographic organisation for literature, and Vice-president of the European Writers' Congress and the British Copyright Council. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.