Margaret Coles is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. She was a television and radio reporter and presenter at the BBC, where she worked on the flagship news programme Today, The World At One, PM, Woman's Hour and Newsnight. At the World Service she presented current affairs, science and arts programmes. Subsequently she was for several years a business columnist at The Sunday Times. Margaret now writes for the theatre, her first love, where she began her career as an actress. Her stage plays include Senghenydd, the story of Britain's biggest mining disaster, first performed at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, and The Queen's Fool - about a young Elizabeth I and her woman fool - co-written with Susan Evans and first performed at the Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler's Wells. She also has a media consultancy, lectures journalism students, gives talks at conferences and business clubs and runs creative writing and storytelling workshops. Margaret's leisure hours are occupied by family, friends, theatre, choral singing, hill walking, reading and enjoying her garden.
The Greening is a bold and searching exploration which deserves a wide readership. -- Lord Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury A compulsive read. The Daily Telegraph This is a good book for someone who enjoys learning about the past through the prism of a present-day story. Daily Mail Written by an ex-journalist, this pacy story explores the intriguing world of journalism, a much-debated area with the recent and ongoing media phone-hacking scandals here in the UK and worldwide. A fascinating story which spans three generations and holds a timeless message of importance, sure to be popular with the many followers of Julian of Norwich. Guardian Bookshop By reading this book, which uses a modern-day fictional narrative to tell the story of a journalist being put to the test in her private and public life, you will gain a much better insight into this remarkable woman and herspirituality... But don't worry, author and journalist Margaret Coles weaves her tale so skilfully that you will find your curiosity about Julian being piqued without you even realising it. Eastern Daily Press If you are looking for a great summer read, this captivating novel combines the best of all worlds, with political intrigue, romance, mystery and spiritual solace all beautifully woven together to create a deeply satisfying storyline. Cygnus Review A thoroughly entertaining and well-written spiritual story. YOGA magazine A remarkable novel Church of England Newspaper It would make good summer reading: something a bit different. Julian of Norwich Meeting Groups magazine The Greening is a work of fiction and, at the same time, a self-help manual, tinged with a soft spirituality. Church Times Former journalist Margaret Coles's debut novel is a love story, a detective tale and mystery partly inspired by a 14th century mystic, the first woman to write a book in the English language. The Irish News