Winifred Holtby (June 23, 1898 - September 29, 1935) was an English novelist and journalist.
Born to a prosperous farming family in the village of Rudston, Yorkshire. Holtby was educated at home by a governess and then at Queen Margaret's School in Scarborough. Although she passed the entrance exam for Somerville College, Oxford in 1917; World War I changed her plans. In early 1918, she joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), but soon after she arrived in France, the war came to an end.
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