Cyril ‘Charles’ Mahoney (1903-68) went to Beckenham School of Art before going to the RCA, where he taught from 1928-53. In 1932 he was asked to oversee the creation of a large mural at a school in Brockley, Kent, Evelyn Dunbar being one of his student assistants. When it was finally finished, they worked together on Gardeners’ Choice (1937).
In November 1937 Routledge & Sons published Gardeners’ Choice, written and illustrated by Evelyn Dunbar and Cyril (usually known as Charles) Mahoney, her former Royal College of Art tutor, fellow muralist, companion, and lover. It was well received by the press, it ran to three impressions, each with a differently coloured dust jacket, and it was selected by the First Edition Club as one of the 50 best books of 1937.