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A subsequent play, Happy Yellow, in 1977 was mounted at the London fringe Bush Theatre and was later performed at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
In 1973, the literary agent Pat Kavanagh introduced Brown's writings to Harold Evans, editor of The Sunday Times and in 1974 she was given freelance assignments in the UK by Ian Jack, the paper's features editor and in the US by its colour magazine edited by Godfrey Smith.
Her father, George Hambley Brown, was active in the British film industry producing the early Miss Marple films in the series starring Margaret Rutherford, based on the character created by Agatha Christie.
Evans and his wife divorced in 1978 and, on 20 August 1981, Evans and Brown married at Grey Gardens, the East Hampton, New York, home of The Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn.
After graduating, while doing freelance reporting, Brown was invited to write a weekly column by the literary humour magazine, Punch.
These articles and her freelance contributions to The Sunday Times and The Sunday Telegraph earned her the Catherine Pakenham Award for the best journalist under 25.
Some of the writings from this era formed part of her first collection Loose Talk, published by Michael Joseph.
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Brown's sharp, witty prose led to her being published by the New Statesman while she was still an undergraduate at Oxford.