novelist and short‐story writer, born in Scotland, and educated at Oxford University. Her first novel, Daughter of Jerusalem (1979), was followed by Virgin Territory (1984), a perceptive story about a nun, Sister Anna, who leaves her convent in South America and moves to London, where she finds her vows and faith under threat. Home Truths (1993) is set in a comfortable family house in the Scottish Highlands and centres on Clare, a photographer, recently returned home after the sudden death in Zimbabwe of her partner. Maitland explores with characteristic intelligence and idiosyncratic verve the emergence of truth from concealment and the proximity of danger and life. Brittle Joys (1999), set in London, focuses on a beautiful glass‐maker. Among her short‐story collections is On Becoming a Fairy Godmother (2003). She has also written on women and Christianity in A Map of the New Country (1983), a book of theology, A Big‐Enough God (1994), and a collection of religious short stories, Angel and Me (1995).