Furrowed Middlebrow,Angela Thirkell,Jane Austen,Anthony Trollope,Margery Sharp
Monica McLean Tindall was born in 1907, of Anglo-Irish ancestry.
After attending Oxford University in the late 1920s, she was sent abroad by her parents to get over a man they considered unsuitable – nonetheless, the suitor, Brian Campbell, became her husband in the following decade. The couple happily spent the rest of their working lives as school-teachers.
Monica Tindall’s sole novel, The Late Mrs. Prioleau, was published in 1946. She died in 1999.
We might be living in the first chapter of one of my own detective stories, the kind of story I always felt to be so improbable. A woman lay dead upstairs waiting to be screwed down; in another bedroom a man was having hysterics; in the kitchen a grey parrot was imitating both their voices; and in the sitting-room crouched the pugs, glaring at us now with rage and terror in their popping eyes. Soon a car would drive up and Henry’s sisters would join us, and Mr Galvain the man of business; and I, the stranger, wearing black for a woman I had never known, sat waiting to meet them.