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Winifred Mason Foley
Birth: Jul. 25, 1914
Fairford, England
Death: Mar. 21, 2009
Fairford, England

English Author. She was a housewife who took-up writing in her 60s, and produced three best sellers about her poverty-stricken childhood in the Forest of Dean. Raised in Gloustershire, she had no advantages, and little education. At 14, she left to work as a domestic servant in London, but soon returned to the Forest, disillusioned by the upper-class men who tried to take advantage of an attractive girl. In the 1930s, she met her future husband Syd (deceased 1998), and settled in Huntley, Gloustershire, under circumstances some better than she had grown up with. She and Syd raised their four children, and she told them stories of her past, but a 1970s appeal for unpublished personal history led her to set down several notebooks of her memories. Her story was serialized on BBC radio's "Woman's Hour" in 1973. The next year her first book, "A Child in the Forest" brought the Foleys unexpected wealth; her husband and children were proud, but some parts of her family resented the graphic descriptions of their poor upbringing. Foley's memoir was adapted for the television drama "Abide With Me" in 1976; two more volumes of the "Forest Trilogy" were to follow, "No Pipe Dreams for Father" (1977), and "Back to the Forest" (1981). Her life was depicted in the 2001 television documentary "Winifred Foley-A Child from the Forest". Foley died just before republication of her first work under its new title "Full Hearts and Empty Bellies". (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
Cheltenham Cemetery and Crematorium
Cheltenham Borough
Gloucestershire, England
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Record added: Apr 10, 2009
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