- Gillian Avery
Sutcliff, Rosemary (1920–1992), writer, was born on 14 December 1920 at West Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, the only surviving child of Lieutenant-Commander George Ernest Sutcliff RN and his wife, Nessie Elisabeth, née Lawton. (There had been an older daughter who died in infancy.) Before she was three she had contracted Still's disease, a form of juvenile arthritis, which was to cripple her for life and led to her spending much of her childhood in hospitals and to necessarily fitful schooling. Her early years were spent in the environs of naval dockyards—...