Dorothy Hartley (1893-1985) was born in Skipton, Yorkshire. She studied and taught art throughout her long life, but made her name with a series of books, including the multi-volume The Life and Work of the People of England. In the 1930s she journeyed by car from Egypt to the Congo, taking many phorographs which were later exhibited at the Imperial Institute, and later she travelled widely in the British Isles. These journeys became the source of much of her writing. After a successful career, which included Food in England, the companion volume to Made in England, she spent her later years writing journalism for the Guardian.
"Lucid,demure and unemphatic, her wit is dry and subtle." The New Yorker; "A fascinating and beautiful book." The Daily Telegraph