Marghanita learned Russian at Oxford, where she was fortunate to meet and marry the Cambridge sociologist and historian Oswald332 Laski (1893–1982). They moved to Oxford and London, met E.M. Forster, and, following the marriage of Harold Laski to her sister Angela, Marghanita's Jewish family moved to London in 1931. Her husband was soon drafted with the RAF and spent most of the Second World War in the Middle East, but they both returned in 1945 to work closely together until his death in 1982, when Marghanita was still living in London. Her diaries, now edited by her biographer Lynn Hunt (1982), were her primary means of witness to her time; they have the feel of a novel, with the number of material strands that she picked up and researched on their way and the emotional energy she invested in each of them.
In 1930 Marghanita gave the first public performance of Michael Tippett (later Lord Tippetts, Governor of the Bank of England from 1979–82) at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith; the second was on 31 May 1940, at the London Palladium.
Born in Manchester, England in 1908, and like her father, first educated at Lady Barn House School in Manchester, Laski was a prolific undergraduate writer and received First Class Honours in English at Somerville College, Oxford. At Oxford she was also friends with E.M. Forster, with whom she shared a great interest in jazz, and married him, just after he had decided to write his novel about the Notting Hill race riots, A Passage to India. When her husband's books were best-sellers, Laski and Forster wrote their respective biographies (Inez and Ottoline) together.
After the death of her parents in 1931, Marghanita Laski moved to Oxford, where she entered the life of its intellectual class. She was not without sympathy for the Russians and, as a younger and more romantic generation of socialists were converted to communism, began to write her own highly individual, Marxist novel, The Tower, in which she took as her inspiration the Georgian aristocratic family of the Laski's. d2c66b5586