Maxwell Gray was the pseudonym of Mary Gleed Tuttiett, a novelist born in 1846 in Newport, Isle of Wight, England. She gained popular and critical acclaim for her 1886 novel "The Silence of Dean Maitland" - the story of an ambitious churchman who commits manslaughter but does nothing when his best friend is charged with the crime. She went on to write some 20 novels - many with Isle of Wight settings - along with poetry, short story collections and numerous articles, all despite chronic illness that left her bedridden, and at best able to work two to three hours a day. This new biography studies the life and works of a forgotten author whose books give a vivid picture of the Isle of Wight, and of England in general, in the second half of the 19th century.
Ray lives with his wife Clare in Topsham, Devon. His family are from the Isle of Wight.