Friday, May 17, 2013

The Overwhelming List (BO-CL)

 [For more information on this list, please see the intro to section "A-BL".]

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[Current total: 1,894 writers]

HILDA BODEN (1901-1988)
(pseudonym of Hilda Bodenham, née Morris)
Prolific children’s author from the 1940s to 1970s whose works often featured horses; titles like Pony Trek (1948) and One More Pony (1952) were followed by six tales of the Marlow family and Boden’s own favorite work, Faraway Farm (1961).

WINIFRED BOGGS (1874-1931)
(full name Mary Winifred Boggs, aka Edward Burke, aka Gloria Manning)
Author of more than a dozen novels 1907-1930, under her own name and two pseudonyms, many with intriguing titles, such as Bachelors' Buttons: The Candid Confessions of a Shy Bachelor (1912), The Sale of Lady Daventry (1914), Sally on the Rocks (1915), and The Indignant Spinsters (1921); presumably Murder on the Underground (1929) is a mystery.

ETHEL BOILEAU (1882-1942)
Author of twelve novels from the 1920s to 1940s, which appear widely varied in subject, including The Box of Spikenard (1923), When Yellow Leaves... (1934), Ballade in G Minor (1938), and Gay Family (1933), which sounds intriguing despite a lukewarm Bookman review.

BRIDGET BOLAND (1913-1988)
Novelist and playwright best known for The Wild Geese (1938), a family saga set in 18th century Ireland, and for the plays Cockpit (1948) and The Prisoner (1954).

JUNE BOLAND (?1900-?2001)
(?pseudonym of Eliza Maud Boland, née Cooksey [uncertain but probable identification])
Author of about thirty romantic novels 1920-1940, including The Girl in Crimson (1920), The Girl from America (1922), The Master Wooer (1924), Kirsty at the Manse (1926), Hotel Splendide (1928), The Alabaster Nymph (1932), The Black Forest Inn (1936), and The Secret of Westmayne (1937).

SYBIL BOLITHO (1892-1975)
(née Matesdorf, other married names Temple, Ryall, Hofmann-Beer, and Fearnley, aka Sybil Ryall)
Author of at least five novels, including A Fiddle for Eighteenpence (1927), about two girls travelling in France, My Shadow as I Pass (1934), a tribute to her late husband, and, collaboratively, Mrs. Rudd Writes Home (1936), I Ask No Pardon (1938), and A Goddess to a God (1948).

IVY MAY BOLTON (1879-1961)
Anglican nun, schoolteacher, and novelist, Bolton was born in England but immigrated to the U.S. in her teens; she published around a dozen novels, tales of historical adventure including A Loyal Foe (1933), Tennessee Outpost (1939), and Wayfaring Lad (1949).

(originally Hunt)
Author of two novels written when she was around 70 years of age—a popular Jane Austen sequel, Pemberley Shades (1949), which has been noted on several blogs and which is currently in print from Sourcebooks, and a follow-up, The Relentless Tide (1951), which appears to have been published only in the U.S.

Novelist and author of Girls Own type tales, including a trilogy discussed hereThe End House (1943), The Lancasters at Lynford (1944), and Susan and Priscilla (1945); others include The Holiday That Wasn't (1947), Squibs at School (1951), and an early adult novel, The Philanthropists (1933).

NOREEN BOND (1902-1981)
(pseudonym of Nancy Helen Beckh)
More research needed; author of two novels, Hide Away (1936) and Take Care (1938), but so far I can find no information about them.

FLORENCE E[MILY]. BONE (1875-1971)
Author of romantic and historical novels from the 1900s to 1950s, as well as both girls' and boys' school stories characterized by melodramatic plots; titles include Margot's Secret (1911), Curiosity Kate (1913), The Valley Of Delight (1913), Just like Fay (1928), and A Flutter In Brocade (1929).

GERTRUDE BONE (1876-1962)
(née Dodd)
Author of stories and several books illustrated by her husband Muirhead Bone, as well as three novels; perhaps most intriguing is Women of the Country (1913), about a spinster helping a pregnant unmarried girl; the others are Mr. Paul (1921) and This Old Man (1925).

(aka Mrs. Henry de la Pasture, later married name Clifford)
Mother of E. M. Delafield; novelist, playwright, and children’s author best known for The Unlucky Family (1907); adult novels include Deborah of Tod’s (1897), Peter’s Mother (1905), Master Christopher (1911), and Michael Ferrys (1913).

(married names Griffith, Bazalgette, and Kimber)
A distinctly un-prolific writer, Bonham published The Casino (1948), a story collection reprinted by Persephone, and a single novel, The House Across the River (1950).

(née Asquith)
Daughter of Prime Minister Herbert Asquith (and grandmother of actress Helena Bonham-Carter), best known for her biography, Winston Churchill as I Knew Him (1965), but her diaries, published in three volumes (1996-2000), are also important for her insider's view of tumultuous times.

AGNES [CLARA] BOOTH (1888-1975)
Schoolteacher for at least a part of her life and author of several children's books, including one that is in part a school story, The Forest Mystery (1949). Others include The Deerskin Island Mystery (1945), The Secret of the Harvest Camp (1948), Red Eagle (1950), and The Quest of the Stone (1963).

MARJORIE BOOTH (1895-1969)
(real name Marjory, married name Grey)
More research needed; author of at least 10 novels 1929-1948, including A Gem of Earth (1929), Caps Over the Mill (1932), Portrait in Pastel (1935), Monday's a Long Day (1937), and The Timeless Realm (1948); Winterfield (1934) is described as a psychological study of jealousy.

(married name Myers)
Historian and children's author whose fiction sometimes made use of her early involvement with ethnography and archaeology; titles include Taha, the Egyptian (1937), The First Term at Northwood (1948), Trapped by the Terror (1951), and Sophie and the Countess (1960).

ENID S. BORROW (dates unknown)
(unidentified—likely a pseudonym)
Author of nine novels, probably romantic in nature, including The Golden Chain (1930), The Faithful Heart (1932), For Herself Alone (1932), The Pointing Finger (1937), She Didn't Count (1938), The Newcomer (1939), The Girl She Cheated (1939), A Woman's Gamble (1941), and The Sunlit Path (1941).

Secretary to Henry James for the last decade of his life, Bosanquet later wrote criticism, kept diaries, and practiced extensive automatic writing, as well as co-authoring one novel, The Spectators (1916), with Clara Smith.

L[UCY]. M[ARIA]. BOSTON (1892-1990)
(née Wood)
Author of the classic Green Knowe children's novels, beginning with The Children of Green Knowe (1954), which dealt with a manor house in which time travel is possible, Boston also wrote two novels for adults, Yew Hall (1954) and Persephone (1969), as well as two memoirs.

More research needed; author of four novels in the 1930s—Sun's Shadow (1934), These Our Dreams (1935), Bitter Seed (1936), and Before High Heaven (1937)—about which little information is available.

(married name Forbes-Dennis)
Novelist often focused on social or political issues, including Old Wine (1924), set in post-WWI Austria, The Mortal Storm (1937), which warned against the Nazis, and the "blitz novels" London Pride (1941) and Without the Cup (1943, aka Survival).

(née Grandage)
Sole author of three children's stories—The Hoojibahs (1929), The Hoojibahs and Mr. Robinson (1931), and Hoojibahs and Humans (1949)—as well as one collaboration with Barbara Euphan Todd, The House That Ran Behind (1943).

Lesley Bourne
          see JEAN MARSH

(married name Cameron)
A major novelist whose works include The Death of the Heart (1938) and The Heat of the Day (1948), one of the most acclaimed novels about the blitz and wartime conditions in London, as well as the masterful short fiction in her Collected Stories (1980).

MARJORIE BOWEN (1886-1952)
(pseudonym of Margaret Campbell, married names Constanzo and Long, aka Joseph Shearing, aka George Preedy)
Prolific writer of historical romances such as The Viper of Milan (1906), crime novels like Forget-Me-Not (1932), tales of the supernatural such as The Last Bouquet (1933), and mainstream novels like the semi-autobiographical Stinging Nettles (1923).

MARIAN BOWER (1865-1945)
Author of light stories and novels from the 1890s to the 1930s, including The Wrestlers (1907), Skipper Anne: A Tale of Napoleon's Secret Service (1913), The Chinese Puzzle (1919), and Gotobedde Lane (1928).

DOROTHY BOWERS (1902-1948)
Author of five mysteries, including Fear and Miss Betony (1941), named by James Sandoe as one of the best "Golden Age" mystery novels; the others are Postscript to Poison (1938), Shadows Before (1939), Deed Without a Name (1940), and The Bells at Old Bailey (1947).

Playwright and author of three novels—Elenchus Brown (1929), a utopian novel, the historical Caspar: A Medieval Romance (1930), and Guessing Deeper (1933), about which I could find no details.

MURIEL BOX (1905-1991)
(née Baker)
A successful writer of screenplays with her husband, Box also wrote The Big Switch (1964), a humorous science-fiction novel set in a post-nuclear world in which women hold the power.

LOUISA R[EID]. BOYD (1873-1948)
More research needed; author who lived in Scotland and published at least three books which seem to be novels—The Quest for Joy (1912), Comrades Here (1930), and An Idle Diary (1934).

MARY STUART BOYD (1860-1937)
(née Kirkwood)
Boyd started her brief writing career with two travel books, followed by eight novels published 1902 to 1911, including With Clipped Wings (1902), The Misses Make-Believe (1906), The Glen (1910), and The Mystery of the Castle (1911), after which she appears to have stopped publishing.

Prudence Boyd
          see NORAH MARY BRADLEY

NINA BOYLE (1866-1943)
(full name Constance Antonina Boyle)
Suffragist and journalist, Boyle also wrote a dozen or so mystery and adventure novels featuring strong female protagonists, from Out of the Frying Pan (1920) to Good Old Potts! (1934).

More research needed; author of at least two novels—Downward: A 'Slice of Life' (1910) and The Honey of Romance (1915)—and two early marriage manuals, Modern Marriage and How to Bear It (1909) and The Love-Seeker: A Guide to Marriage (1913).

VIOLET [ALICE] BRADBY (c1872-1956)
(née Milford, incorrectly listed in BL catalogue as “Violet Brady”)
Successful children’s author of the 1910s to 1930s, whose work seems to make liberal use of fairies; her titles include Matthew and the Miller (1909), The Capel Cousins (1912), Lodgings to Let (1918), Potter's Haven (1923), Managing Jane (1927), and Meadowsweet Farm (1934).

ANNE BRADLEY (dates unknown)
Author of four children's titles of the 1950s, including The Widening Path (1952), The Problem Patrol (1957), The Guides in Hanover Lane (1958), and Katherine at Feather Ghyll (1959); the last was reviewed here and recommended as a good housekeeping story.

(married name Gibbs, aka Prudence Boyd, aka Lisette Garland, aka Sharon Heath, aka Noelle Ireland, aka Felicity Kerr, aka Lynne Merrill, aka Claire Ritchie, aka Nina Shayne, aka Heather Wayne, and Sara Whittingham)
Prolific author of romantic fiction, at first mainly using the name Claire Ritchie, but branching into numerous other pen names by the late 1960s; titles include The Sheltered Flame (1949), Bright Meadows (1951), Sun on the Sea (1954), The Sunflower's Look (1958), Hatful of Cowslips (1960), Hope Is My Pillow (1967), and Rainbow Romance (1974).

NORMA BRADLEY (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of two girls' school stories—The New Girl at Greylands (1948) and Ghostly Guests at Greylands School (1949).

ANNIE BRADSHAW (1859-1938)
(née Cropper)
Novelist whose works sound like thrillers and/or melodramas, with titles like A Crimson Stain (1885), Wife or Slave? (1890), The Gates of Temptation (1898), The Rags of Morality (1911), Her Ordeal (1922), and Chained to the Wheel (1934); one of her final works, Murder at the Boarding House (1936), might be a more straightforward mystery.

NINA BRADSHAW (1893-????)
(pseudonym of Marguerite Hills, aka Maureen Heely)
Author of numerous romantic novels from the 1930s to the 1950s, including Wild Sanctuary (1933), The Net Love Spread (1935), Millionaire's Widow (1938), The Way of the Huntress (1948), and Stern Sentinel (1956).

CARYL BRAHMS (1901-1982)
(pseudonym of Doris Caroline Abrahams)
Along with S. J. Simon, author of a series of humorous novels, including several mysteries set at the fictional Stroganoff Ballet Company, beginning with A Bullet in the Ballet (1937); other works include Don't, Mr Disraeli! (1940), No Bed for Bacon (1941), and Titania has a Mother (1944).

Author of adult novels and religious writings, and creator of the first school-related series beginning with The Snowball Society (1877); novels include Country Maidens (1875), Astray: A Tale of a Country Town (1886), Miss Carr's Young Ladies (1897), and Pastor Oberlin (1912).

PAMELA [JEAN] BRANCH (1920-1967)
(née Byatt, other married names Faulker and Stuart-Lyon)
Author of four widely-acclaimed mystery novels, including The Lion in the Cellar (1951), The Wooden Overcoat (1951), Murder Every Monday (1954), and Murder's Little Sister (1958), named by Carolyn Hart as one of her five favorite mysteries of all time.

(pseudonym of Mary Christianna Milne, married name Lewis, aka Mary Ann Ashe, aka Annabel Jones, aka Mary Roland, aka China Thomson)
Author of mysteries featuring Inspector Cockrill, including the classic Green for Danger (1944), set in a hospital during World War II; others include Death in High Heels (1941) and Heads You Lose (1942); she also published romance novels under her pseudonyms.

MARGARET M[AUD]. BRASH (1880-1965)
(aka John Kendall)
Author of nearly two dozen novels, including some historical fiction, adventure novels, and an early sci-fi tale, Unborn Tomorrow (1933), under her pseudonym; other titles include Jannock (1928), Ann of Carthage (1934), Cresset Lights (1935), and The Treasure of Akor (1946).

Frances Braybrooke

ANGELA BRAZIL (1868-1947)
Writer of enormously popular girls' school stories, beginning with The Fortunes of Philippa (1906), often dealing with schoolgirls solving mild mysteries; others include The Girls of St. Cyprian's (1914), The Madcap of the School (1922), and The Secret of the Border Castle (1943).

HILDA BREARLEY (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of at least three children's books during and after World War II.  Her titles include Island Farm (1940), Castle in the Sun (1947), and Adventure for Elizabeth (1952).

MARY BREARLEY (1879-????)
Biographer and author of five novels; Monte Felis (1923) sounds distinctly melodramatic, about a woman whose husband is institutionalized, who falls in love with another man only to find that her husband has been released; other titles are Marsh Fires (1925), The Owners of Sorrows End (1926), A Good Marriage (1928), and Papa and Mama (1933).

NANCY BREARY (1903-1988)
(full name Annie Florence Breary)
Author of numerous girls’ school tales from the 1940s to 1960s, including Give a Form a Bad Name (1943), A School Divided (1944), The Snackboat Sails at Noon! (1946), Five Sisters at Sedgewick (1950), Hazel, Head Girl (1952), Fourth Form Detectives (1954), and Junior Captain (1960).

More research needed; Irish author of children's fiction in the 1940s, who may also be the author of romantic fiction in the 1960s-1980s; titles include The Wind Fairies (1946), Whispering Walls (1948), His Glamorous Cousin (1963), Love in the Glade (1968), Love's Loom (1973), and Girl on an Island (1984).

(pseudonym of Gladys Eleanor May Dyer)
Best known for her Chalet School girls' school books, of which she wrote more than fifty, Brent-Dyer also published one romantic novel for adults, Jean of Storms, written in 1930 but not published in book form until 1996.

(pseudonym of Irene Angela Mappin, née ?????)
Apparently the author of only two novels, Hector Graeme (1912), described as “an enthralling study of military life in India and South Africa,” and Henry Kempton (1913); if she published after that, she must have done so under another, unknown pseudonym.

Rosalind Brett
          see LILLIAN WARREN

ANN BRIDGE (1889-1974)
(pseudonym of Mary Ann Dolling O'Malley, née Sanders)
Novelist whose tales are often set in exotic locales, combining historical perspective, romance, and the excitement of travel, including Peking Picnic (1932), The Ginger Griffin (1934), Illyrian Spring (1935), Frontier Passage (1942), and The Dark Moment (1952).

Playwright, actress, and university professor; best known for her children's titles, including the fantasy tales Hobberdy Dick (1955) and Kate Crackernuts (1963), which have been reprinted by Faber Finds. She also published two earlier novels for adults, The Lisles of Ellingham (1935) and The Castilians (1949).

(aka Philip Briggs)
Author of children’s fiction from the 1930s to 1960s, including such titles as Wolf of the North (1937), The Silent Hunter (1939), North with the "Pintail" (1943), The Cat of Pine Ridge (1944), The Keeper of the Lake (1945), Son of Black Beauty (1952), and The Silent Planet (1957).

EDITH [MAY] BRILL (1899-1986)
(married name Timperley)
Probably best remembered now for various books about the culture and history of the Cotswolds, Brill makes my list because of five novels published in the 1930s—The Mink Coat (1930), New Bed (1931), Heart Alone (1933), Three Maids of Islington (1933), and London Ladies (1934).

SYBIL G[RACE]. BRINTON (1874-1927)
(married name Preen)
Apparently the author of only one novel, Old Friends and New Fancies: An Imaginary Sequel to the Novels of Jane Austen (1914), which combined characters from all six Austen novels into a new romance; the novel has been reprinted by Sourcebooks and is actually in print as of this writing.

VERA BRITTAIN (1893-1980)
(married name Catlin)
Novelist and memoirist best known for Testament of Youth (1933), a devastating reflection on the ravages of World War I and her subsequent involvement with pacifism; novels include The Dark Tide (1923), Honourable Estate (1936), and Born 1925 (1948).

The author of several plays in the 1930s, Broadbent also published one novel, Perilous Grain (1934), set in Homeric Greece.

J. W. BROADWOOD (1896-1945)
(pseudonym of Jane [sometimes Judith] Winifred Kate Bradshaw, married name Sheldrake)
Author of three novels of the 1920s—Pawning Tomorrow (1924), The Keys of Heaven (1927), and The Horoscope of Duke Camillo (1928), the last of which, at least, is described as an historical novel.

ROSE BROEMEL (1867-?1935)
(née Mills, aka Rose D'Evelyn)
A well-known singer under her stage name Rose D'Evelyn, Broemel published one thriller, The Elusive Criminal: A London Mystery (1930).

(née ?????)
Romantic novelist who published from 1946-1991 and whose novels were most often set in the English countryside; titles include Chequered Pattern (1947), April Wooing (1951), Diana Comes Home (1955), The Flowering Year (1959), and The Stepdaughter (1966).

CAROL BROOKE (1924-????)
(pseudonym of Valerie Patricia Ramskill, née Roskams)
Author of 16 romantic novels 1947-1965; her debut, Light and Shade (1947), seems to be set during WWII; others include To Reach the Heights (1948), Devils' Justice (1948), The Changing Tide (1952), As Others See Us (1952), No Other Destiny (1955), Shadow of the Past (1960), This Day's Madness (1962), and Till All the Seas (1964).

(aka E. Fairfax Byrrne)
Author of religious fiction for adults and children, including the school story Reaping the Whirlwind (1885); others include A Superfluous Woman (1894), The Engrafted Rose (1899), Susan Wooed and Susan Won (1905), The Story of Hauksgarth Farm (1909), and The House of Robershaye (1912).

MONICA BROOKE (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of a single girls' school story, The Girl Who Hated School (1950). It seems likely that she is also the Monica Brooke who published two romance novels the following year—When Passion Waits (1951) and Divided Desire (1951).

(married name Peterkiewicz)
Critic and experimental novelist whose works, starting with The Languages of Love (1957) are known for wordplay, unusual structures, and forays into science-fiction; known for Xorandor (1986) and Verbivore (1990), about artificial intelligence, and Amalgamemnon (1984).

BRIGID BROPHY (1929-1995)
(married name Levey)
Novelist, critic, and early campaigner for animal rights, Brophy’s works include Hackenfeller's Ape (1953), focused on animal issues, The Finishing Touch (1963), a tribute to Ronald Firbank, and the highly experimental In Transit (1970).

Historical writer whose works include The Yellow Poppy (1920), a novel set in the unrest after the French Revolution, Mr. Rowl (1924), which is read by a character in Diana Tutton’s Guard Your Daughters, and A Jacobite Trilogy (1925-1929), set in the mid-1700s.

Best known as a Victorian novelist who, according to ODNB, wrote "eloquently about the economic pressures upon women" and who was controversial in her day; she continued to publish until her death in 1920; titles include Cometh Up as a Flower (1867), Goodbye, Sweetheart (1872), Belinda (1883), A Beginner (1894), Concerning a Vow (1914), and A Fool in Her Folly (1920).

(married name Horton)
Author of several well-received historical novels, most based on real persons, including Elizabeth Chudleigh, Duchess of Kingston (1927), Alas Queen Anne (1929), and The Sancroft Sisters (1935); she received particular acclaim with For the Delight of Antonio (1932).

Bellamy Brown

(née Hubback)
Great niece of Jane Austen, who published two Jane Austen sequels, Margaret Dashwood, or, Interference (1929), and Susan Price, or, Resolution (1930); Brown also “finished” Austen’s The Watsons in 1928, as had her grandmother, Catherine Hubback, before her.

FRANCES BROWN (dates unknown)
Author of nine romantic novels in the 1920s and 1930s, including A Lover on Loan (1927), The Girl on a Pedestal (1928), The Unwanted Bride (1930), Barbara Lee (1931), Fooled by a Flirt (1931), A Beautiful Temptress (1933), and His Dancing Daughter (1937).

(aka Mary Gervaise, aka Hilary Wayne, aka Bellamy Brown)
Best known for girls' school and pony books under the name Mary Gervaise, especially the Georgie series (1950-1965), and of dozens of adult novels and romances under her Wayne and Brown pseudonyms; the latter include Sweet And Kind (1947), No Star Is Lost (1956), and Solitaire (1962).

MARIE R. BROWN (dates unknown)
Apparently the author of only one romantic novel, The Girl They Scorned (1927).

(married name Masters)
Actress and children's author (not to be confused with actress Pamela Mary Brown) whose work was often set in show business and whose first novel, The Swish of the Curtain (1941), appeared when she was only 17; others include Family Playbill (1951) and The Other Side of the Street (1965).

(aka John Ryce)
Apparently the author of three novels, two under her pseudonym—The Rector of Amesty (1891) and An Oath in Heaven: An Early Victorian Romance (1903)—and one, That Colony of God (1923), under her own name.

Author of at least nine novels 1927-1934, some or all of which may be historical but about which information is hard to find; titles include The Wall of Shields (1927), When the Saints Slept (1930), Fair Rosamund (1932), The King's Evil (1933), and Thus Merlin Said (1934).

(full name Dorothy Morris Fairlie Bruce)
Author of several series of stories for girls, best known for her nine "Dimsie" books; her series sometimes followed characters into their adult lives, such as in Dimsie Carries On (1941) and Nancy Calls the Tune (1944), both set during World War II.

HEATHER BRUCE (dates unknown)
Author of four novels 1938-1941, probably romantic in nature; they include The Tide of Fortune (1938), Somebody After All (1939), The Cousin from Canada (1939), and The Everlasting Hills (1941).

KATE MARY BRUCE (1897-1982)
(full name Katherine Mary Bruce, née Maugham)
Niece of Somerset Maugham and author of sixteen novels, which seem to be cheerful and humorous in themes; The Chequer Board (1922) seems to have been set in the theatre, while Clipped Wings (1923) is about a girl married to the wrong man. Others include Duck's Back (1933), Men Are So Helpless (1938), Figures in Black-Out (1941), and The Poodle Room (1954).

MARY BRUCE (dates unknown)
Unidentified author of a single romantic novel, The Pretty Sister (1928).

(née Petre, aka Mrs. Victor Bruce)
Pioneering aviator, auto enthusiast, and businesswoman, who wrote memoirs of her various exploits including Nine Thousand Miles in Eight Weeks (1927) and The Bluebird's Flight (1931); her semi-autobiographical humorous sketches were published as The Peregrinations of Penelope (1930), with illustrations by Joyce Dennys.

Rose Burghley
          see IDA [JULIE] POLLOCK

Edward Burke
          see WINIFRED BOGGS

(married name Munn)
Novelist whose work seems—based on contemporary reviews—to have included rather overwrought melodramas; titles include The Dominant Passion (1913), The Shadow on the Stone (1918), and Dear Idiot (1926).

BRYHER (1894-1983)
(pseudonym of Annie Winifred Ellerman, married names McAlmon and Macpherson)
Author of historical novels such as Roman Wall (1955), of Development (1920) and Two Selves (1923), about a girl's dawning awareness of lesbianism, and of the enjoyable “blitz novel” Beowulf (1956) and the memoirs The Heart to Artemis (1962) and Days of Mars (1972).

John Bryan

Leigh Bryson
          see NANCY RUTLEDGE

(married name Fairfax-Lucy, aka Alice Fairfax-Lucy)
Niece of novelists John and Anna Buchan (aka O. Douglas); biographer and historian who started her career with a single novel, The Vale of Maenalus (1931), which, according to the Spectator, is about "three ineffectual young people making love by quotation."

ANNA BUCHAN (1877-1948)
(aka O. Douglas)
Sister of novelist John Buchan, known for her "cozy" novels of Scottish village life, such as Penny Plain (1920) and Pink Sugar (1924), now reprinted by Greyladies, as well as her memoir Unforgettable, Unforgotten (1945), which includes details of her family life and more famous brother.

Susan Buchan
          see SUSAN TWEEDSMUIR

(aka Handasyde)
Author of several chilly high-society romances in the 1900s, Buchanan apparently returned to publish one further novel, Spare That Tree, in 1939, about which I could locate no information.

(married name Knowling)
Journalist and memoirist of Russian political issues and biographer of royalty and families, Buchanan also published two early novels, White Witch (1913) and Tania: A Russian Story (1914); her memoir, Ambassador's Daughter, appeared in 1958.

(married name Chavanne)
Author of a dozen books 1928-1946; the first, The New Lotus-Eaters (1928), appears to be a travel book about Tunisia; some at least of her novels are also set in North Africa; titles include The Sliding Door (1930), The Last Oasis (1932), The Dark Cavalier (1936), The Snake Charmer (1937), The Harem Window (1939), and Where the Road Ends (1946).

M. E. BUCKINGHAM (1903-1975)
(pseudonym of Agnes Mary Easton, née Huntingford)
Author of several children’s books featuring animals, including the horse stories Phari: The Adventures of a Tibetan Pony (1933), Zong: A Hill Pony (1934), and The Great Carlos (1945); others include Argh: The Tale of a Tiger (1935), Rajah the Elephant (1937), and Arrowflag (1940).

(née Turner)
Short story author and memoirist; her story collections include Wayside Lamps (1913), Wayside Neighbors (1914), and Cottage Pie (1931); The Cup of War (1915) is a short memoir of her World War I experiences, and Triumphant Over Pain (1923) seems to also deal with the war.

Eunice Buckley
          see ROSE ALLATINI

(married name Leach)
Author whose brief mention in Nicola Beauman’s biography of Elizabeth Taylor piqued my interest; she actually wrote two lovely novels of village life, Village Story (1951) and Family Ties (1952), both published by Hogarth Press; her husband was anthropologist Sir Edmund Leach.

J. E. BUCKROSE (1868-1931)
(pseudonym of Annie Edith Jameson)
Intriguing popular novelist whose works include Down Our Street (1911), Gay Morning (1914), Aunt Augusta in Egypt (1915), War-Time in Our Street (1917), Susan in Charge (1923), Payment in Kind (1928), and a late novel about George Eliot, Silhouette of Mary Ann (1931).

ANN BULLINGHAM (1905-1967)
(pseudonym of Anastasia [Ann] Miles Jones, née Colfer)
Author of three children's novels about Penelope and friends in the English countryside, including Penelope (1953), Penelope and Curlew (1957), and Summer on the Hills (1960).

MARY BURCHELL (1904–1986)
(pseudonym of Ida Cook)
Mills & Boon romance novelist also known for working to rescue Jews from Germany in the 1930s; her novels often center around opera, and include Wife to Christopher (1936), Dare I Be Happy? (1943), and Choose the One You'll Marry (1960).

(née Cade, aka Murray Constantine, aka Kay Burdekin)
Best known for Swastika Night (1937), a dystopian novel set after centuries of Nazi and Japanese rule of the world, and The Children's Country (1929), in which she tried to create a "non-sexist" children's story; Quiet Ways (1930) is a pacifist novel, and Venus in Scorpio (1940) a historical novel.

Eleanor Alice Burford
          see ELEANOR HIBBERT

Guiding aficionado and children's author; Hilary Follows Up, or, The Peridew Tradition (1939) is a school story; other titles are Dalmira Wins Through (1934), Cherry Becomes International (1946), and Ready for Anything (1948), and various non-fiction works about Guiding.

L[UCY]. A[DELINE]. BURGESS (1876-1920)
(married name Trudgian)
A nurse and author of a single novel, With Drums Unmuffled (1913), apparently a love story set in Gibraltar, where Burgess seems to have lived for some time.

(sometimes Lovell-Burgess)
More research needed; author of two novels, Great Possessions (1927) and Provincial Interlude (1932), plus a book about “the amateur ciné movement in Great Britain” (1932); other information is lacking.

(pseudonym of Mabel Elizabeth Pickles)
Author of at least three novels, for which information isn't readily available—Travail (1934), Road Royal (1935), and Carmen Sylva, Queen and Woman (1941). She later published a memoir, Married to Wilfred: The Autobiography of M. Pickles (1956), and contributed biographical passages to a volume of Gertrude Bell's personal papers.

BARBARA BURKE (1867-1941)
(pseudonym of Oona Howard Ball, née Butlin)
Poet, biographer, and travel writer who also wrote three novels, at least two of which—Barbara Goes to Oxford (1907) and Their Oxford Year (1909)—sound intriguingly like grown up school stories. Her third novel was A Quiet Holiday (1912), about which I could find no details.

(married name Walrond, aka André Lamour)
Author of more than twenty novels, under her own name and her pseudonym, some of which made use of her childhood in India; she also wrote several late volume of travel writing. Titles include Dark Road (1933), Merry England (1934), The Scarlet Vampire (1936), The Lady Got Burnt (1946), Dusky Bridegroom (1947), and Temptations of Eve (1948).

(pseudonym of Edith Mary John, married names Broade and Hunt Lewis, aka H. H. Lewis)
Author of several mystery novels, at least two of which feature the same police detectives but about which little else is known; these include Her Hour of Temptation (1937), Murder at Maison Manche (1948), Pearls and Perjury (1950), and By Whose Hand? (1956).

Author of six novels of the 1900s and 1910s, some of which seem to partake a bit of the country melodrama style later made famous by Mary Webb; titles include John Lott's Alice (1902), A November Cry (1904), Clemency Shafto (1906), Davina (1909), A Bavarian Village Player (1911), and The Dogs of War (1916).

Prolific novelist and children’s author, known for the classic The Secret Garden (1911); novels for adults include The Making of a Marchioness (1901) and The Shuttle (1906), both reprinted by Persephone, as well as A Fair Barbarian (1881), In the Closed Room (1904), and My Robin (1912).

(née Every)
Best known for her debut children's novel, The Incredible Journey (1960), which won numerous awards and has been filmed twice, and which just qualifies her for this list, Burnford later wrote two more children's titles, Mr. Noah and the Second Flood (1973) and Bel Ria (1977), as well as two memoirs, The Fields of Noon (1964) and One Woman's Arctic (1972).

A. E. BURNS (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of only two books, the first a school story set in a Catholic convent school, called The Grand Duchess Benedicta (1915). Later, Burns published Peggy in Demand (1924), about which little is known.

Sheila Burns
          see URSULA BLOOM

SYBIL [EDITH] BURR (1909-2002)
Author of several children’s novels in the 1950s, including the intriguing Lantern of the North (1954, aka Night Train to Scotland), a mystery with a 15-year-old heroine, The Saint Bride Blue (1956), apparently also set in Scotland, and Life With Lisa (1958), dramatized for Radio 4 in 2003.

Children’s author and illustrator; although most of her books, such as The House the Moles Built (1939) and Teddy, the Little Refugee Mouse (1942), are for small children, others like The Odd Little Girl (1932) and Captain Seal's Treasure Hunt (1933) seem to be longer works.

HESTER BURTON (1913-2000)
(née Wood-Hill)
Teacher, assistant editor of the Oxford Junior Encyclopedia, and historical children’s novelist; best-known titles include The Great Gale (1960), set during the East Anglia floods, In Spite of All Terror (1968), set during WWII, and Thomas (1969), set during the Great Plague of London.

(née Bickerton)
More research needed; sister of explorer Frank Bickerton; poet and author of four novels, about which information is hard to find, including The New Wood Nymph (1912), Dunbarrow (1926), The Third Angel (1929), and Translate No Further (1933).

(aka E. M. Butler)
Best known for her scholarly studies of German literature and culture and biographies of Sheridan (1931) and Rilke (1941), after her retirement from academia Butler published two short novels, Daylight in a Dream (1951) and Silver Wings (1952); her memoir, Paper Boats, appeared in 1959.

(née Williams, aka Jennie Melville)
Acclaimed author of both contemporary and historical mysteries and, under her pseudonym, of gothic romances and a mystery series featuring policewoman Charmian Daniels; titles include Receipt for Murder (1956), Murderers' Houses (1966), and A Nameless Coffin (1966).

Cambridge-trained teacher and missionary in Bangalore, India, where she ran a girls' high school; author of one girls' school story, Tulsi (1934), set in an Indian boarding school, which Sims and Clare praise for its cultural accuracy and realism; she also published the non-fiction Hindu Women at Home (1921).

JOAN BUTLER-JOYCE (dates unknown)
Author of two school stories praised by Sims and Clare, Hot Water (1935) and No Responsibility (1940), which subvert the clichès of school stories; she also published one additional children's book, She Went to London (1938) and what appears to be an adult novel, Catherine-Wheel (1939).

(married name Byrde)
Children's writer and author of romantic novels set in exotic locales, including The Sleeping Princess (1941), Say Not Good-Night (1943), Journey to Venice (1949), An Oak for Posterity (1952), and The One Black Swan (1955); she also published short fiction of suspense and horror.

MARY BUTTS (1890-1937)
(married names Rodker and Aitken)
Experimental modernist whose novels include Ashe of Rings (1925), Armed with Madness (1928), and the historical novel Scenes from the Life of Cleopatra (1935), which presents that leader in a positive light; her stories include the effective ghost story "With and Without Buttons."

(née Ellen Mary Sowray)
Actress and "Gaiety Girl" who had a turbulent marriage with Lord Torrington, owned racehorses, and eventually opened a nightclub, before apparently committing suicide due to financial woes. She published one novel, Over the Garden Wall: A Story of Racing and Romance (1924).

(née Moreton)
Viscountess of Vimy and wife of Lord Byng, 12th Governor General of Canada; author of two novels, Barriers (1912) and Anne of the Marshland (1914), as well as a memoir, Up the Stream of Time (1945).

E. Fairfax Byrne

MARY BYRON (????-1935)
(née Anderson)
Forgotten author of two poetry collections, A Voice from the Veld (1913) and The Owls (1920), and one collection of stories, Dawn and Dusk in the High Veld (1931), described as: "Vivid short stories and true sketches of life among the scattered farms of South Africa."

(née Vandyke, aka Harriet Ainsworth)
Author of numerous light novels of humorous romance and/or suspense, including Iris in Winter (1949), The Cuckoo in Spring (1954), The Lark Shall Sing (1955), I Love a Lass (1956), The Yellow Brick Road (1960), Six Impossible Things (1961), and Mixed Marriage (1963).

(née Hunt, aka Iota)
Best known under her pseudonym, Iota, Caffyn came to prominence as a "New Woman" author, with such novels as A Yellow Aster (1894), A Comedy in Spasms (1895), Ann Mauleverer (1899); Patricia: a Mother (1905), The Magic of May (1908), The Fire-Seeker (1911), Two Ways of Love (1913), and Mary Mirrielees (1916).

James Cahill
          see EILEEN MARSH

MONA CAIRD (1854-1932)
(née Alison, aka G. Noel Hatton)
Early feminist author known for A Romance of the Moors (1891), an early novel of women’s liberation, Daughters of Danaus (1894), about a woman composer attempting to “have it all,” and "The Yellow Drawing-Room" (1892), an important "New Woman" story.

(married name Turner)
Author of girls' school novels, Caldwell published two books in the 1950s—Prefects at Vivians (1956) and Head Girl at Vivians (1957)—and has more recently written four more volumes being reprinted by Girls Gone By, starting with Strangers at Vivians (2011).

Margaret Cameron
          see KATHLEEN LINDSAY

(pseudonym of Barbara Hodges, née Webber)
Novelist most remembered for Hostages to Fortune (1933), about marriage and motherhood, which has been reprinted by Persephone, as well as five other novels, among them The Sycamore Tree (1934), Spring Always Comes (1938), Portrait of Angela (1939), and Mrs. Dufresne (1940).

ISABEL CAMERON (c1873-1957)
(née Noble)
Scottish novelist who wrote a series of much-reprinted novels about 'The Doctor' in the 1920s and 1930s, which reportedly sold more than a million copies; other books include Good Cheer (1932), Red Rowans in Glen Orrin (1936), The Fascinating Hat (1941), and That Blurred Address (1959).

DOROTHY CAMPBELL (dates unknown)
Prolific author of nearly 40 romance novels 1921-1937; titles include The Subduing of Katherine (1921), Sweet and Twenty (1922), The Daffodil Girl (1922), A Sweetheart on Approval (1923), Her Stepping-Stone (1924), Diana Defies Them (1926), Looking After Primrose (1928), Becky at Bay (1932), and Silver Mist (1937).

(née Marlow)
Author of five novels in the 1920s and 1930s—The Servants of the Goddess (1928), a "lost race" novel, The Secret Brotherhood (1929), The Burqa: A Detective Story (1930), The Makra Mystery (1931), and Olga Knaresbrook—Detective (1933); the final three at least appear to be mysteries.

(pseudonym of Marion Stapylton Pares, possibly aka Anthony Grant)
Author of three pony stories—Four Ponies (1958), The Merrow Ponies (1960), and Family Pony (1962)—as well as numerous non-fiction works about horses and a biography of Princess Anne (1970); she may also be the author, under the Grant pseudonym, of a single sci-fi work, The Mutant (1980), though this appears to be uncertain.

Karen Campbell

Margaret Campbell
          see MARJORIE BOWEN

SARAH CAMPION (1906-2002)
(pseudonym of Mary Rose Coulton, married name Alpers, aka Anna Flaxman)
Daughter of Cambridge historian G. G. Coulton, Coulton wrote more than a dozen novels, one of which, Mo Burdekin (1941), was reprinted in the 1990s; several of her works were set in New Zealand, to which country she immigrated in 1952. Others include If She Is Wise (1935), Thirty Million Gas Masks (1937), The Pommy Cow (1944), and Dr. Golightly (1946).

EDWARD CANDY (1925-1993)
(pseudonym of Barbara Alison Neville, née Boodson)
Medical professional and author of 12 novels, including three mysteries—Which Doctor (1953), Bones of Contention (1954), and Words for Murder Perhaps (1971); non-mysteries include A Lady's Hand (1959), Parents' Day (1967), Doctor Amadeus (1969), and Scene Changing (1977).

Doris Canham

JOANNA CANNAN (1896-1961)
(married name Pullein-Thompson)
Mother of children's authors Josephine, Diana, and Christine Pullein-Thompson and sister of May Cannan; novelist, mystery author, and children’s author, known for Death at the Dog (1939), a mystery set early in WWII, High Table (1930), set at Oxford, and Princes in the Land (1938, a Persephone choice), about motherhood, as well as A Pony for Jean (1936), possibly the first girls’ “pony book.”

(married name Slater)
Sister of Joanna Cannan; primarily known as a poet, Cannan published one thinly autobiographical novel, The Lonely Generation (1934), and an unfinished memoir, Grey Ghosts and Voices (1976).

Jane Cardinal
          see CHERRY VEHEYNE

Basil Carey
          see JOY BAINES

(aka M. C. Carey)
Carey worked for the Girl Guides Association, the Junior Book Club, and J.M. Dent & Sons, and published an array of children’s non-fiction and collections of legends and myths; she also wrote what appears to be a novel for children, Nicky Goes Ashore (1957).

ELIZABETH CARFRAE (?c1887-?1961)
(pseudonym of Margaret Wilson, later married name Cradock, née ?????, dates elsewhere incorrectly given as 1879-1968)
One of the first major Mills and Boon authors of romantic fiction, active from the 1920s to the 1960s; titles include Barbed Wire (1925), The Trivial Round (1930), Sunlight on the Hills (1934), Happy Families (1944), Sunshine in September (1955), and Brief Enchantment (1962).

(pseudonym of Gladys Alexandra Milton, née Yardley)
Author of about two dozen romantic novels 1920-1940, including The Hoofslide (1920), A Gamble with Hearts (1922), The Tavern and the Arrows (1922), Like Ruth of Old (1923), The Poppy Bowl (1926), Cock Crow (1930), A Society Sin (1936), In Cinderella's Slippers (1937), The House of Royal (1939), and A Vow of Vengeance (1940).

Author of numerous inspirational and non-fiction works about Christianity, as well as several works of Christian-themed fiction, including The Widow of the Jewels (1928), Ploughed Under: The Story of a Little Lover (1934), and Mimosa, Who Was Charmed (1925).

Ann Carmichael

Marie Carmichael
          see MARIE STOPES

Carol Carnac

Ethel Carnie

ANGELA CAROL (?c1912-?1954)
(uncertain identification, possibly a pseudonym?)
More research needed; author of three novels from the 1940s, about which I can find no information except their titles—June in Springtime (1942), The Shadows Flee Away: A Romance (1944), and Daughter by Proxy (1948).

(married names Scruby and Akers)
A trailblazing journalist who covered some of the critical events of World War II, including D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge, Carpenter also published an important memoir, No Woman's World: On the Campaign in Western Europe, 1944-45, published in 1946.

Catharine Carr
          see ROSALIND WADE

(married name Oliver, aka Kent Carr, aka G. Kent Oliver)
Although she also wrote several nonfiction works for children, Carr seems to have been best known for her boys' school stories, including Rivals & Chums (1908), Not Out! (1909), which Spectator praised enthusiastically, The Shaping of Jephson's (1919), and Caught Out (1920).

Jolyon Carr
          see EDITH PARGETER

JUDITH CARR (dates unknown)
(pseudonym of Mrs. E. L. Fairbank)
Author of eight girls' stories in the 1940s and 1950s, most of them school tales, including The Templeton Twins (1947), Scholarship Sue (1948), The Jays of St John's (1948), Penelope's Prefects (1950), The New Girls of Netherby (1951), Madcap Melody (1953), and Gipsy at Greywalls (1955).

Kent Carr
          see GERTRUDE KENT CARR

Philippa Carr
          see ELEANOR HIBBERT

Poet and author of three early novels—The Meadow Beyond (1910), A Soul in Shadow (1913), which appears to be a crime novel, and The King's Token (1914), about Henry II; Carrier then went on to publish several significant works about the geology of England and Europe.

(married names Leduc and Weisz)
One of the longest surviving members of the surrealist movement; painter and author of fiction, poetry, and essays; known for The Hearing Trumpet (1977), a hilariously surreal novel about the perils of old age; her short fiction was collected in Virago's The Seventh Horse and Other Tales (1988).

KAY CARROLL (1909-2003)
(pseudonym of Katherine Alexis Charles, née MacAndrew)
Carroll began her career with a memoir, Compass Course: The Log of an Air Force Officer's Wife (1941); she then authored at least seven novels, including But Westward, Look— (1943), Farthing Gate (1945), Hail and Farewell (1948), But Winter and Rough Weather (1950), and Harmony Row (1950).

(née Macfarlane)
Close friend of D. H. Lawrence and author of two novels, Open the Door! (1920) and The Camomile (1922), reprinted by Virago in the 1980s; Carswell became better known as a biographer of literary figures such as Robert Burns, Lawrence, and Boccaccio.

Dorothy Carter
          see EILEEN MARSH

(married name McCorquodale)
Author of 700+ romance novels (!!) over 75+ years; her memoirs We Danced All Night (1970), about World War I, and The Years of Opportunity (1948), about World War II, are of interest; her heroines tended to be moral, but Cartland herself was famed for her bawdiness in interviews.

ESME CARTMELL (dates unknown)
Apparently the author of only one novel, Rescue in Ravensdale (1946), a children's holiday adventure intriguingly set in the days leading up to WWII and in part satirizing some of the most stereotypical elements of children's adventure stories.

Valentine Caryl

AGNES CASTLE (1863-1922)
(née Sweetman)
Sister of M. E. Francis and author, with her husband, of numerous novels, many of them historical; titles include The Bath Comedy (1900), which may have influenced Georgette Heyer, Chance the Piper (1912), Forlorn Adventurers (1915), and Pamela Pounce (1920).

Frances Castle

ANN CASTLETON (dates unknown)
Author of five girls' stories, four of them set in schools, often about girls discovering their true identities; titles include The Secret of Storm Abbey (1946), Bracken had a Secret (1947), The Witch's Wood (1948), Gen Finds a Family (1949), and That Holiday at School (1949).

ROMILLY CAVAN (1914-1975)
(pseudonym of Isabel Wilson, sometimes spelled Isabelle, married name Hiscock)
Sometimes erroneously cited as a daughter of E. F. Benson, author of six novels—Heron (1934, aka The Daughters of Richard Heron), To-morrow Is Also a Day (1935), The Splendour Falls (1936), Characters in Order of Appearance (1938), Mary Cloud (1939), and Beneath the Visiting Moon (1940), the last set on the eve of World War II.

MARY CECIL (c1921-2011)
(full name Mary Cecil Pook, née Williams)
Author of three novels 1959-1964; In Two Minds (1959), detailing a young girl's nervous breakdown, received critical praise; Something in Common (1960) is about an upper crust young woman performing with ENSA, and Growing Pains (1964) is apparently a semi-autobiographical family tale; the Spectator review describes Cecil as "a writer of immense charm."

Isobel Chace

HK Challoner
          see MELANIE MILLS

Nearly forgotten author of several intriguing novels of the 1910s-1940s; Miss Tiverton Goes Out (1926) was suggested as "possibly Persephone"; others include Bride Elect (1913), The House Made with Hands (1924), November Night (1928), and Red Sun and Harvest Moon (1947).

MRS. M[ABEL]. CHAN-TOON (1872-1922)
(pseudonym of Mabel Mary Agnes Chan-Toon, née Cosgrove, second married name Woodhouse-Pearse)
Married to a Burmese barrister and apparently a close friend of Oscar Wilde, Mabel Chan-Toon wrote novels exploring interracial relationships, including Leper and Millionaire (1910) and Love Letters of an English Peeress to an Indian Prince (1912).

E[THEL]. M[ARY]. CHANNON (1875-1941)
(née Bredin)
Novelist and children's author, best known for school stories such as The Honour of the House (1931) and the humorous The Surprising Holidays (1926); novels include melodramas, mysteries such as Twice Dead (1930), and the popular Little G (1936), the latter two reprinted by Greyladies.

DORA [BARR] CHAPMAN (1893-1941)
(married name Francis, aka Dora B. Francis)
Author of about 10 girls' school stories noted by Sims and Clare for their relative realism; these include That Rebellious Schoolgirl (1924), An Eventful Term (1927), That Detestable New Girl (1931), Jennifer of Croft House (1934), and, under her pseudonym, The Knights of Study 13 (1935).

ESTHER CHAPMAN (1894-1987)
(née Hyman, later married name Hepher, aka Esther Hyman)
Editor for some time of the West Indian Review and author of four novels, at least two of which were set in Jamaica, about which she also wrote guides, beginning with Pleasure Island: The Book of Jamaica (1952); the novels are Punch and Judy: A Comedy of Living (1927), Study in Bronze: A Novel of Jamaica (1928), Pied Piper (1939), and Too Much Summer (1953).

(née Pellatt, other married name Griffin)
Biographer and author of Long Division (1943), mentioned by Barbara Pym in her WWII diaries; other titles include She Saw Them Go By (1933), Worlds Apart (1947), Ever Thine (1951), and Falling Stream (1954); subjects of her biographies include several kings and queens.

(full name Sarah Jane Chappell)
Prolific author of children's (and perhaps adult?) fiction from the 1870s to 1930s; titles include Oughts And Crosses (1886), Those Barrington Boys (1894), The Mystery of Marnie (1906), Holidays at Waverlea (1914), The Lost Doll (1920), and The Changeling (1926).

(full name Mary Bebb Chappell, née Hancock)
Born and raised in Wales but living her later life in Rhodesia, Chappell began as a children’s author, with works like Rhodesian Adventure (1950) and The Sugar and Spice (1952), and progressed to romance fiction from 1956-1985, such as Bachelor Heaven (1958) and Come by Chance (1963).

Anita Charles
          see IDA [JULIE] POLLOCK

Gerda Charles
          see EDNA LIPSON

Theresa Charles

Fay Chandos

MOYRA CHARLTON (1918-2000)
(full name Yvonne Moyra Graham Charlton)
Children’s author whose first book, Tally-Ho (1930), appeared when she was only 11; later titles, including several more animal stories, include The Midnight Steeplechase (1932), My Lord Goes Wayfaring (1935), and Echoing Horn (1939); One Man in His Time (1938) is an adult historical novel.

(née Taylor)
Historical novelist acclaimed in her time for portrayals of English rural life in the past, including in her trilogy—Time's Harvest (1940), The Running Heart (1943), and Between the Twilights (1949)—about a family in the 1870s ruined by a murrain outbreak among their cattle.

Beatrice Chase

(née Somerville)
Author of four novels—O'Reilly of the Glen (1918), Margot (1918), Sons of the Settlers (1920), and The Lad (1923); the last, at least, sounds a bit overwrought: "Silvia's life tragedy lies in the friends and surroundings to which she sees [her son] doomed through the poverty of her married life."

(aka Peter Martin)
Author of girls' school stories focusing on girls who don't "fit in" or who resist conventions; titles include The Fourth Form Detectives (1921), Sally Sticks It Out (1924), The Exploits of Evangeline (1926), and The Madcap in the School (1930); also wrote a few boys' stories under her pseudonym.

Author of two girls' stories set at a domestic affairs college—Whittenbury College (1915) and Christal's Adventure (1919); she also published books for young children and several other girls' stories, including Rhondda's Holiday (1909), Miss Netherby's Niece (1912), and The Pansy Patch (1912).

Denise Chesterton

(née Walsh, other married name Sykes)
Intriguing author of the 1940s and 1950; Sleeping and Waking (1944) deals with women's lives in WWII, while Future Imperfect (1946) is an early sci-fi tale of a world run by women; she wrote two detective novels, Death Has Ten Thousand Doors (1951) and Rubies, Emeralds and Diamonds (1952).

MARY CHISENHALE (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of three novels—Man's Love (1929), Common to Man (1930), and Tiger's Whisker (1934)—which have settings including Mesopotamia and India; possibly a pseudonym, but she remains a mystery for now.

(née Slatcher, aka Jane Alan, aka Anne Lorraine)
Successful & prolific Mills & Boon romance author; titles include Dancing Feet (1941), Hotel Doctor (1942), Once, Upon a Dream (1944), When the Heart Is Young (1951), Sister at Hilltops (1954), Give Me Five Farthings (1958), Fool's Gold (1965), and Roses by the Dozen (1966).

(née Latham)
Wife of Indian High Court judge Sir Charles William Chitty, after her husband retirement and relocation back to England, Chitty published a single novel, The Black Buddha (1926); she had earlier published several short stories in periodicals.

(pseudonym of Susan Hinde, née Glossop)
Daughter of Antonia White; biographer and author of three novels—The Diary of a Fashion Model (1958), White Huntress (1963), and My Life & Horses (1966); her biographies include The Woman Who Wrote Black Beauty (1971) and a biography of Edward Lear (1989).

Alice Cholmondeley

Known for Red Pottage (1899), her bestseller satirizing provincial thinking, hypocrisy, and the difficulties of a woman writer, Cholmondeley also wrote the popular novels The Danvers Jewels (1887) and Sir Charles Danvers (1889), as well as Notwithstanding (1913) and Under One Roof (1917).

(pseudonym of Mamie Muhlenkamp, aka Patience Gilmour)
Author of girls’ fiction, often with Guide themes; three—The Marigolds Make Good (1937), A Schoolgirl from Hollywood (1939), and The School at Emery’s End (1944)—have school themes; others include Diana Takes a Chance (1940), The Seventh Magpie (1946), and Phyllida's Fortune (1947).

(née Miller, other married name Mallowan, aka Mary Westmacott)
Known for enormously popular and influential mystery novels, including The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926), Murder on the Orient Express (1934), and And Then There Were None (1939), novels of domestic life as Mary Westmacott, and her bestselling Autobiography (1977).

KATE [KATHLEEN] CHRISTIE (dates unknown)
(married name Tillis)
Novelist whose debut, Smith (1954), set in Cumberland, was praised by Julian Symons; other fiction includes Harold in London (1956), Morgan (1957), Goodbye, Jimmy, Goodbye (1961), about an alcoholic, The Waiting Game (1962), and Child's Play (1968), the last apparently a horror tale.

MAY CHRISTIE (1894-1946)
(married names Martin and Stamatiadis, later changed to Mazzavini)
Prolific author of romantic novels in the 1920s and 1930s—and many more published serially; titles include At Cupid's Call (1921), The Girl in the Corner Flat (1923), The Girl Who Dared (1925), Kitty Sees Life (1929), The Jazz Widow (1930), Playgirls in Love (1932), and Women in Love (1937).

(married name Overall, aka Irina Karlova, aka Olivia Leigh, aka H. M. E. Clamp)
Remarkably prolific and versatile author of romance, adventure, historical, and supernatural fiction; she could win a prize for charming titles, such as Feather Bed Jane (1931), Broomstick (1946), I Married Her Son (1950), Frivolity Fair (1961), and Louis XV and the Ugly Sisters (1968).

AUSTIN CLARE (1846-1932)
(pseudonym of Wilhelmina Martha James)
Victorian novelist who published steadly from the 1860s until 1911, with titles including Andre's Trial (1868), The Belles of Freiburg (1880), Stolen From the Sea: A Story of Farm Life in Brittany (1884),          'Crooked S' (1891), An Ill-Matched Pair (1896), The Tideway (1903), and Another Pair of Shoes (1911); one final book, A Pair in Paradise (1931), appeared just before her death.

Helen Clare
          see PAULINE CLARKE

Biographer and author of novels informed by her Catholic faith, including Prisoners' Years (1912), Ursula Finch (1920), It Happened in Rome (1925), The Lamp of Destiny (1927), and Welcome: A Romance of Jamaica (1942); some of her work utilized her experiences living in Italy and Jamaica.

PAULINE CLARKE (1921-2013)
(full name Anne Pauline Clarke, married name Blair, aka Helen Clare, aka Pauline Hunter Blair)
Children’s author known for The Pekinese Princess (1948), a fairy tale set in a kingdom ruled by dogs, The Boy with the Erpingham Hood (1956), set before the battle of Agincourt, and The Twelve and the Genii (1962), based on childhood writings by Branwell and Charlotte Brontë.

Renée CLARKE (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of a single school story, A Turbulent Term (1948), which was originally subtitled "A Girls' School Mystery & Adventure Story."

(aka B. Mollett, Marion Moffatt, and Emma Munro)
Author of Mrs. Lorimer's Family (1953), a domestic comedy reminiscent of D. E. Stevenson (whose neighbor she was), 13 other novels including Wantonwalls (1929), Dear Hugo (1955), and Near Neighbors (1956), and numerous novels serialized in The People's Friend in the 1950s-1970s.

MARY CLELAND (1872-1937)
(pseudonym of Margaret/Margot Barbour Wells)
Scottish author of four pseudonymous novels in the 1920s, which sound intriguingly humorous and charming; titles are The Silver Whistle (1920), The Two Windows (1922), The Sure Traveller (1923), and The Forsaken Way (1927); Wells may have written additional fiction under other so-far-unknown pseudonyms.

(married name Hunter)
Author of nearly two dozen mystery thrillers from just before WWII until the 1960s; her titles include Let Him Die (1939), Perhaps a Little Danger (1942), Weathercock (1949), Over and Done With (1952), Discord in the Air (1955), Uncommon Cold (1958), and Honey for the Marshall (1960).

SOPHIA CLEUGH (1876-1958)
(née Sadler, aka George Oleson, aka Ursula Keene)
Author of light, humorous romantic novels, particularly popular in the U.S. in the 1920s and 1930s; works include Matilda, Governess of the English (1924), Spring (1929), and Wind Which Moved a Ship (1936), after which she seems to have ceased publishing.

Author of school stories and other children's fiction; Sims and Clare note her tendency toward unrealistic "thriller plots"; titles include A Term at Crossways (1939), A School Goes to Scotland (1944), Holly House School (1947), The School in the Dell (1948), and The Merryfield Mystery (1960).

DOROTHY M[ARY]. CLEWES (1907-2003)
(née Parkin, aka Dorothy Parkin)
Prolific author of fiction for children and adults from a debut school story, The Rivals of Maidenhurst (1925), published when she was 17, to at least the 1970s; others include The Wild Wood (1945), Summer Cloud (1951), The Jade Green Cadillac (1958), and Storm Over Innish (1972).

Lilian Clifford

(née Lane, aka John Inglis, aka Mrs. W. K. Clifford)
Playwright, children's author, and novelist whose salons included the likes of Leslie Stephen, Henry James, and Vernon Lee; known for the scandalous Mrs. Keith's Crime (1885), published anonymously; later works include Sir George's Objection (1910) and George Wendern Gave a Party (1912).

SUSAN CLIFFORD (dates unknown)
Author of a single girls' school story, The Mugwump (1930); apparently her only other published work was an activity book called Plans: A Book for Holidays and a Cure for "What-Shall-We-Do-Next?" (1929), which had either a sequel or a reprint called What Shall We Do Next? (1931).

MARY CLIVE (1907-2010)
(née Pakenham, aka Hans Duffy)
Sister of Pansy and Violet below, Clive published four pseudonymous novels in the 1930s—In England Now (1932), Seven by Seven (1933), Lucasta's Wedding (1936), and Under the Sugar-Plum Tree (1937)—and the acclaimed autobiographical novel, Christmas with the Savages (1955).

EVELYNE CLOSE (1874-1935)
More research needed; novelist whose works, including The Harvest (1911), Cherry Isle (1920), and When Aloes Bloom (1925), sound a bit Mary Webb-esque; Forum described Through the Lattice (1929) as "wrought out of the mists and fog and loneliness of England's north country."

(née Priebsch)
Memoirist and historical novelist best known for Tristan (1940) and the Tarn Trilogy, which includes High Are the Mountains (1945), And Sombre the Valleys (1949, aka Deep Are the Valleys), and The Silent Tarn (1955).

Monica Clynder
          see MARIE MUIR


  1. Though you might be interested in this Australian thriller novelist, Patricia Carlon, whose work was much admired in England and the US but not in Australia:

    1. A very belated thanks for this--she definitely sound intriguing!


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