MARGARET THORNTON was born in Blackpool and has lived there all her life. She is a qualified teacher but has retired in order to concentrate on her writing. She began by writing articles and short stories for magazines and has since gone on to have fifteen novels published, most of which are set in Blackpool. Her family sagas range from the late Victorian period, through to the Twenties, the Second World War, and the Fifties and Sixties. She has two children and five grandchildren.