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Winifred Holtby

Journalist and writer Holtby's wrote several novels - Anderby Wold (1923), The Crowded Street (1924) and The Land of Green Ginger (1927) - before her last and greatest book South Riding.

While still in her thirties Holtby was diagnosed with Bright's disease. Knowing she had little time left she determined to finish South Riding. After her premature death, her fiend Vera Brittain got it published.

South Riding won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for 1936. In 1938, the novel was made into a film directed by Victor Saville. In 1974 it was adapted by Stan Barstow for Yorkshire Television, and in 2011 by Andrew Davies for the BBC.

Vera Brittain wrote about their friendship in Testament of Friendship (1940).

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