Margaret Mulvihill has written a biography of Charlotte Despard (1844-1939), the woman who, with Mrs Pankhurst and Mrs Fawcett, was one of the three widow-leaders of the Votes for Women movement. She was a friend of Keir Hardie, a parliamentary candidate in 1918 and Maud Gonne's companion in her IRA safehouse. She was simultaneously a Theosophist and a Catholic, a pacifist and a revolutionary, a philanthropist and a socialist, as well as being a feminist, a Republican and a popular novelist. Margaret Mulvihill has also written two novels, "Natural Selection" and "Low Overheads".
Margaret Mulvihill is the author of three highly praised novels, including St Patrick's Daughter, which was serialized on BBC's Radio 4. She has also written a biography of Anglo-Irish suffragette leader Charlotte Despard and many history books and articles. Born and educated in Ireland, she currently lives in London. In 1997 she received a Writer's Award from the Arts Council of England, which is when she started thinking about the themes of her new novel, The Leaving Coat.