Vivien ALCOCK Biography

English children’s writer. Name variations: Vivien Garfield. Born Sept 23, 1924, in Worthing, Sussex, England; died Oct 11, 2003; attended Oxford School of Art; m. Leon Garfield (children’s writer); children: Jane Garfield.

Began career as a commercial artist; at age 56, published 1st book, The Haunting of Cassie Palmer (1980); wrote more than 20 books in 20 years, including The Stonewalkers (1981), The Cuckoo Sister (1985), The Trial of Anna Cotman (1989), The Dancing Bush (1991), and The Boy Who Swallowed a Ghost (2001).