Mary Nicholson                       11 Jan 1908 - 17 Feb 1995

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1908

Born Mary Crawford in Clifton, Bristol.

1915

Mother and children move to Wales.

1916

Rejoined father in Putney, London. Taught by mother.

1918/ 26

Putney High School.

1926/30

Exhibition at Somerville College, Oxford, reading English.Two terms away with broken head and one term doing philosophy.

1930/31

Helping with children in Germany. Wrote first book.

1932

SUBLUNARY published by Constable, under pseudonym L.E.Martin

1931/32

Trained for House Property Management (Octavia Hill).

1932

Part-time housing work. Married Max Nicholson.

1934

TURN AGAIN (L.E. Martin) published by Constable. Son (Piers) born.

1936

Part-time work for Charles Elton (ecologist).

1937/38

Conducted WEA seminars on philosophy.

1938

Second son (Tom) born.

1940

Evacuated with children to friends in Sussex then Oxford.
Piers (and later Tom) went to Hampden School, Wytham.
Worked full-time for Charles Elton.
Collaborated on papers for the Journal of Animal Ecology

1943/45

Employed as organiser for Industrial Discussion Clubs.

1945

Employed by the War Workers Clubs to visit around and write pamphlet CLUBS FOR CITIZENS.

1946

Appointed by President of the Board of Trade to the Independent Film Selection Board.
Wrote freelance some memos for Flora Solomon of Marks and Spencer.
Moved to Training Dept, edited training journal, wrote pamphlets.
ESSAY ON MARRIAGE published by Sidgwick and Jackson, under pseudonym Anne Finch

1947

Appointed one of two independent members on the Light Clothing Working Party. Visited factories & wrote chunks of final report.

1948/49

Collaborated with head of M & S training on TRAINING FOR RETAIL SALES STAFF by Herzberg and Nicholson (later published by Pitmans).

1950

Worked for the Jewellery and Silverware Development Council collecting information and wrote a pamplet for entrants to the industry.

1951

LAUGH OR CRY by Mary Crawford published by Cape

1952

ROSES ARE RED by Mary Crawford published by Cape

1953

ITSELF TO PLEASE by Mary Crawford published by Cape

1958

NO BEDTIME STORY by Mary Crawford published by Putnam

1959

Lived in France

1960

Lived at Bourne Mill, Colchester and 21 Holland Street W8

1961

SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY by HS Turner (though much of it written by Mary) published by Michael Joseph

1963

Moved to top-floor flat at 8 Redcliffe Square, SW10

1964

Divorced

1970

DEAR MISS WEAVER (a life of Harriet Shaw Weaver) by Jane Lidderdale and Mary Nicholson published by Faber

1975

MEMOIRS OF AN UNEDUCATED LADY (Lady Allen of Hurtwood) by Marjory Allen and Mary Nicholson, published by Thames and Hudson

1980?

WHO IS THIS? A Version of the Gospel Story for Older Children

1987?

Moved to 29A Beltran Road, London SW6

1995

Died 17 Feb in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital