Born in London on April 15, 1919, Trevor lost her father, an Indian Army officer, at an early age. Later she attended Perse Girls' School, Cambridge, and St. Hugh's College, Oxford because she loved to learn. Another love of hers was working outdoors as was evidenced by her managing a cargo barge on the Grand Union Canal during World War II. A convert to Roman Catholicism from agnostic humanism in 1950, Trevor imbued her children's stories and adult novels with a touch of religious perspective. Penning forty books over all including biographies of John Henry Newman and Pope John XXIII and stories for children such as Merlin's Ring
and The Sparrow Child
, Trevor became well-known. Moving to the city of Bath, she loved the architecture and enjoyed spending time with people. Trevor then passed away on January 12, 2000, and later that year to honor her, an annual lecture series began in Bath.
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