Diana Tutton was brought up at Pipe Hill House, Lichfield, and on the family estate in Kent. She was the youngest of four daughters and lived at home – where she was taught sketchily by a governess – until her wartime marriage to Captain John Tutton.
With her mother, she drove a WVS mobile canteen, before she followed her husband to Kenya and joined the FANYs. After the birth of her daughter in 1942, she lived and worked on a farm. In 1945 the family returned to a house in Chatham and another daughter was born before, in 1948, they went to Malaya for three years.
Here Tutton, a staunch officer’s wife, wrote the bestselling Guard Your Daughters (1953). Whilst it was her first work to be published, it was in fact her second novel – the first, Mamma, was published in 1956. In Malaya again from 1956–8, she wrote her third novel The Young Ones (1959). The family later lived in the Midlands before moving to Gloucestershire, where Tutton was an active supporter of the Liberal Party.