(1890–1967) Traveller and writer, born at Riseholme Hall, Lincolnshire. Her first marriage, to Colonel Ronald Foster Forbes in 1911, ended in divorce six years later. After serving as an ambulance driver in the First World War, she travelled extensively and developed an interest in the Arab world. Her several travel books include The Secret of the Sahara: Kufara (1921), which recounted her journey, disguised as a Muslim, across the Libyan desert with Egyptian explorer Ahmad Hassanein, whose role she understated; From Red Sea to Blue Nile (1925); and Conflict: Angora to Afghanistan (1931). Forbes married Colonel Arthur Thomas McGrath in 1921 and visited the Yemen, again in disguise, the following year. She visited South America with her husband in 1931, and Afghanistan in 1936. She published two volumes of autobiography, Gypsy in the Sun (1944) and Appointment with Destiny (1946).
From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.