Margaret Oliphant (1828-97) was a prolific Scots writer, author of over 100 books and
innumerable articles. Early widowed, she was compelled to write for a living. She is best
remembered for her 'Chronicles of Carlingford' series, which is set in a quiet country town
near London. Religious themes predominate but the books are sharp and humorous.
Elisabeth Jay has written a critical 'Biography of Margaret Oliphant' and edited
Gaskell's 'Life of Charlotte Bronte' for Penguin Classics.