Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Overwhelming List (A-BL)

If you wish, you can now download the entire Overwhelming List in a single PDF.  Clicking on the link below will open a Google Docs page displaying the entire list in PDF.  To save a copy of the PDF, just click on the little down arrow in the upper left.  You can also print the list from the Google Docs page, but be warned that it now weighs in at 330 pages!

For those new to my blog, this is my obsessive list—always a work in progress—of British women who were actively writing and/or publishing prose during the years 1910-1960.  This includes any women who were writing fiction, including novels for older children or young adults (though not picture books or other works for very young children), as well as women who produced particularly significant or important memoirs or diaries during these years.  Within those limits, my goal is to indiscriminately include writers with every variety of brow—high, middle, and low—and every style or subject matter.  For more on why I set this goal, see my main intro and the intro to the original list.

As my interest is primarily in portrayals or recollections of the day-to-day life and culture of early 20th century Britain, I have not made an effort to include writers whose work was solely in the fields of history, philosophy, criticism, poetry, science, or politics—although a good many of the novelists or memoirists included did work in one or more of those areas as well.  This means that a forgotten historian who happens to have written a single novel early in her career might well be included while a much more famous historian who never wrote fiction is not.  As the purpose of the blog is to draw attention to prose writers who have been overlooked or forgotten, this seems appropriate, though it might take some readers aback.  It does rather please me to note, however, that highbrow book critic Queenie Leavis is nowhere to be found here, while the novelists she frowned upon are quite well-represented…

PLEASE feel free to let me know of any errors or inaccuracies you find, if you think of any authors who have been left out (there are certainly more out there), or if you can fill in any of the many gaps in my knowledge.  I've noted "more research needed" on many writers, and others are missing life and death dates.  If you happen to be an expert on any of these writers about whom information is sketchy, I would love to hear from you!

I hope you find the list helpful and interesting.  Thanks for visiting!

[Current total: 1,894 writers]

NINA ABBOTT (1860-c1932)
(pseudonym of Selina Sara Ellington Collinson, aka Nana Collinson)
More research needed; mother of novelist and memoirist Naomi Jacob and herself the author of three novels—Look at the Clock: A Yorkshire Novel (1939), Shadow Drama (1940), and Balance Suspended (1942); Jacob wrote about her in Robert, Nana and—Me: A Family Chronicle (1952).

Baroness Aberconway

(née Drury, aka C. M. Drury, aka Clare Constance Maria Drury)
Novelist and author of children's fiction and biography; Kit Norris, Schoolgirl Pilot (1937), is in part a school story, as is Chris of Crighton's (1964); other fiction includes From Serf To Page (1939) and Priscilla's Caravan (1939). In the 1940s she was divorced from her husband, who then married another girls' author, L[ois]. J[ennet]. Ogle.

Alice Acland
          see ANNE MARRECO

ELEANOR ACLAND (1880-1933)
(née Cropper, aka Margaret Burneside)
Author of the novels In the Straits of Hope (1904), a novel about artists in Chelsea, and Dark Side Out (1921), a multi-generational family saga, as well as a memoir, Goodbye for the Present (1935).

HAZEL ADAIR (1900-1990)
(pseudonym of Hazel Iris Addis, née Wilson, aka A. J. Heritage, aka H. I. Addis)
Often confused with Hazel Joyce Willett below (including in the British Library catalogue); author of more than 20 novels 1935-1953, including Wanted a Son (1935), A Torch Is Lit (1936), Over the Stile (1938), Sparrow Market (1938), Mahogany and Deal (1940), Quoth the Raven (1947), and No Bells Rang (1953); see here for information on both Hazel Adairs.

HAZEL ADAIR (1920-2015)
(pseudonym of Hazel Joyce Willett, married names Mackenzie, Hamblin, and Marriott, aka Clare Nicol)
Television actress, producer, and writer, sometimes confused with the above; she co-wrote two novelizations from television programs, Stranger from Space (1953) and Life in Emergency Ward 10 (1959); later, she published an additional novel, as Clare Nicol, Blitz on Balaclava Street (1983), about an ambulance driver in WWII; see here for more info.

Cecil Adair

HELEN PEARL ADAM (1882-1957)
(née Humphrey)
Journalist and diarist who also served as editor for Jean Rhys's first novel; Adam's diary of her WWI experiences were published as Paris Sees It Through (1919); she also published a cookbook cleverly entitled Kitchen Ranging: A Book of Dish-cover-y (1928).

RUTH [AUGUSTA] ADAM (1907-1977)
(née King)
Author of socially conscious novels including I'm Not Complaining (1938, reprinted by Virago in the 1980s), the humorous novel A House in the Country (1957), about a group of friends living together in a former manor house, and the important historical survey A Woman’s Place, 1910-1975 (1975, reprinted by Persephone).

AGNES ADAMS (1891-1951)
(aka Agnes Logan)
Author of two related stories, Doddles (1920) and Doddles Makes Things Hum (1927), mentioned by Sims & Clare, several other children's books, and three pseudonymous adult novels, The Necessary Man (1929), There Is a Tide (1930), and Comfort Me with Apples (1936).

Lily Moresby Adams
          see E. BARRINGTON

Scottish poet, travel writer, and novelist; she published two novels in the 1930s—Render Unto Caesar (1934) and Chapter & Verse (1937)—then waited nearly three decades to publish her third and final novel, A Rope of Sand (1965), about Mary Queen of Scots.

(married name Arundel, aka Hilary March)
Sister of Marion St. John Webb; author of nearly a dozen novels under her own name and three under her pseudonym from the 1920s-1940s, which reviews suggest tended toward the bleak; titles include The Man Who Lived Alone (1923), Winter Wheat (1926), The Judas Tree (1928), The Woman at Iron Crag (1934), and The Warped Mirror (1948).

H. I. Addis
          see HAZEL ADAIR (1900-1990)

(married name Easdale, aka Francis Adoney, aka Gladys Ellen Killin)
Described in her archives as having spent her life "on the margins of the London literary and musical scene," Adeney numbered Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West among her friends; she published a colorful memoir, Middle Age, 1885-1932 (1935) and one novel, Don't Blame the Stars (1951).

Irene Adler
          see CATHERINE STORR

Francis Adoney

(née Christian, aka Nevin Halys)
Playwright, poet, and author of light romantic fiction; titles include The Countess: A Summer Idyll (1905), The Night that Brings Out Stars (1908), and The Bread Upon the Waters (1911); she does not appear to have written fiction after 1911.

JOAN AIKEN (1924-2004)
(married names Brown and Goldstein)
Novelist and children's author whose first story collection, All You've Ever Wanted, appeared in 1953; known for The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (1962), Aiken wrote many ghost tales, including The Haunting of Lamb House (1991), which features Henry James and E. F. Benson as characters.

Harriet Ainsworth
          see ELIZABETH CADELL

Catherine Airlie

Jane Alan

MARJORIE ALAN (1905-1968)
(pseudonym of Doris Marjorie Bumpus)
More research needed; mystery novelist about whom little information is available; titles include Masked Murder (1945), Murder in November (1946), Murder at Puck's Cottage (1951), and Murder in a Maze (1956).

(pseudonym of Effie Henderson, aka Effie Rowlands)
Author of more than 200 romantic novels from the 1890s until the 1930s, apparently characterized by gushing prose and fainting heroines; titles include Poppies in the Corn (1911), The House That Jane Built (1921), and Claire and Circumstances (1928).

DEBORAH ALCOCK (1835-1913)
Victorian novelist whose final works appeared in 1910, just late enough to qualify for this list; her most famous work, The Spanish Brothers (1870), dealt with Protestant martyrs in the 16th century; others include Geneviève (1889), By Far Euphrates (1897), and The King's Service (1910).

MRS. A. E. ALDINGTON (1872-1954)
(pseudonym of Jessie May Aldington, née Godfrey
Mother of novelist Richard Aldington and innkeeper at the Mermaid Inn in Rye; author of several novels of Kentish village life, including Love Letters That Caused a Divorce (1905), A Man of Kent (1913), and The King Called Love (1913).

RUTH ALEXANDER (1879-1958)
(married name Rogers)
Editor, literary agent, travel writer, and novelist; author of some of the first novelizations of films, including The Man Who Knew Too Much (1936), and several novels of her own, such as Thirst (1925), The Human Element (1926), What Thing Is Fairest (1947), and The Heart's Journey (1950).


DOT ALLAN (1892-1964)
Scottish author of 10 novels; Hunger March (1934), explores class in Glasgow during the Depression; Makeshift (1928) is about the troubled adolescence of an aspiring writer; other titles are The Deans (1929), Deepening River (1932), and John Mathew, Papermaker (1948).

(aka Jean Estoril, aka Priscilla Hagon, aka Anne Pilgrim)
Known as a prolific children’s author, Allan also published Murder at the Flood (1957), and wrote two other mysteries, Death Goes to Italy and Death Goes Dancing, and Return to the West, a novel of the Highlands, all only finally published by Greyladies in recent years.

ANNE ALLARDICE (1895-1983)
(pseudonym of Alice Maude Ellen Sampson)
Author of two novels in the 1930s—Unwillingly to School (1930) and The Opening Gate (1932); the latter is described as being about "an English family before the First World War", but that's the extent of my knowledge.

Paula Allardyce
          see URSULA TORDAY

(aka R. Allatini, aka A. T. Fitzroy, aka Eunice Buckley, aka Lucian Wainwright, aka Mrs. Cyril Scott)
Prolific novelist of social issues, known for her pacifist novel Despised and Rejected (1918), also an early sympathetic portrayal of homosexuality; other titles include Happy Ever After (1914), Requiem (1919), Family from Vienna (1941), and Destination Unknown (1942).

ALICE MAUD ALLEN (dates unknown)
(aka Allen Havens, née Bowers?)
More research needed; author of at least four novels, including the World War I themed Silhouette (1923) and The Trap (1931), the latter published by the Woolves; other titles include Baxters o' the Moor (1922), One Tree (1926), and a biography of Sophy Sanger (1958).

Barbara Allen

GWENDOLINE ALLEN (dates unknown)
More research needed; apparently the author of only one girls' school story, The Fourth Form at White Abbey (1945), which was reprinted later the same year in an expanded edition.

PHOEBE [ANNE] ALLEN (1850-1933)
Novelist and children's author active from the 1870s to the 1920s; her debut, Gilmory (1876), appeared while she was in her teens; other titles include The Black Witch of Honeycritch (1886), The Boys of Prior's Dean (1891), Mafekind Day (1901), The Mystery of Coxfolly (1908), and Minon, or, The Cat That the King Looked At (1930).

(née Hughes)
Mother of mystery writer Margery Allingham and author of nine novels in just a few years in the late 1920s, including Betty's Triumph (1925), The Quiet One of the Family (1926), The Path She Chose (1928), The Opening Door (1928), The One She Betrayed (1928), and Joyce the Second (1929).

(aka Maxwell March, née Hughes)
Prominent "Golden Age" mystery writer, best known for her series featuring detective Albert Campion, of which The Tiger in the Smoke (1952) is often considered her best; others include Police at the Funeral (1931), Traitor's Purse (1941), and More Work for the Undertaker (1949).

Miles Amber
          see ELLEN COBDEN

Rachel Ames

AN OLD GIRL (dates unknown)
(pseudonym of ????)
More research needed; pseudonym of an unknown author who published a single school story some time in the 1920s (even the exact date is elusive) called Susie's Schooldays in France.

HELEN M[AUD]. ANDERSON (1879-1947)
Not to be confused with Helen Anderson, American author of the lesbian themed novel Pity for Women (1937); Helen Maud is the Scottish author of four novels of the 1920s and 1930s—Domenico (1922), Kelston of Kells (1927), Golden Lads (1928), and Sons of the Forge (1932).

(aka Sister Mary Catherine)
Biographer and author of four novels 1937-1946, including Brother Petroc's Return (1937), The Dark Wheel (1939), The Spark in the Reeds (1941), and The Flight and the Song: A Tale of Old Devon (1946), the last co-written with her sister, novelist Lilian M. Anderson. Her biography was Henry Suso, Saint and Poet (1947).

LILIAN M[AY]. ANDERSON (1889-1984)
(married name Robertson)
Author of a dozen or more novels of the 1920s and 1930s, probably romances, including such titles as The Taming of Becky (1920), A Little Nobody (1922), Misjudged (1929), Motherless Beauty (1931), The Village Vamp (1934), and Second Best (1937).

(née Bruce, later married name Paget)
Writer of humorous memoirs, including Spam Tomorrow (1956), about her adventures in World War II, and subsequent tales of family life, including Our Square (1957), Beware of Children (1958), and The Flo Affair (1963); also wrote the Brownies series of children’s fiction (1960-1977).

(aka Diana Gordon, aka Joanna Marcus, aka Lucilla Crichton)
Prolific author of hospital romances and of No Time for Romance (1977), a memoir about nursing in London during World War II, heavily relied upon by Ian McEwan in writing Atonement; later novels like One Night in London (1979) and Frontline 1940 (1990) also make use of her war experiences.

MAUDE ANNESLEY (1871-1930)
(pseudonym of Maude Gertrude Webster-Wedderburn, married names Hadden, Rider, and Brownlow)
Author of the novel The Wine of Life (1907), about a divorced woman, was accused of "flagrant outrages against good taste," and Wind Along the Waste (1910), both of which became early silent films; her personal life seems to have included drugs and the occult, and she died in an asylum.

(married name Keogh, aka Laura Conway, aka Hebe Elsna, aka Vicky Lancaster, aka Lyndon Snow)
Enormously prolific author, under multiple pseudonyms, of romantic fiction from the 1920s to 1970s, including such titles as Brief Heroine (1937), Everybody Loves Lorraine (1941), None Can Return (1942), The Door Between (1950), Strange Visitor (1956), and Minstrel's Court (1963).

KATHLEEN ANSON (1870-1955)
(pseudonym of Katharine Addison)
Apparently the author of a single novel, Deep Waters (1922), about which little information is available.

(aka Mrs. J. C. Squire)
More research needed; author of three novels—The Farm Servant (1916), a love story set partly in pre-war Paris, The Husband (1919), which deals humorously with women's suffrage, and Five in Family (1924), which seems to be a humorous family story; all three may deal with the same family.

JONQUIL ANTONY (1912-1980)
(married name Wyse)
Best known as the main scriptwriter for "Mrs Dale's Diary," a popular BBC radio serial for more than two decades, Antony also published several novels, some linked to the series, such as Mrs. Dale at Home (1952); other titles include The Robinson Family (1948, co-written with Lesley Wilson), The Malindens (1951), and Paradise Square (1952).

More research needed; journalist, historian, and author of at least two novels, Anything Can Happen (1942)—about a domestic servant conscripted into work in a munitions factory—and Under One Roof (1943).

JANE ARBOR (1903-1994)
(pseudonym of Eileen Norah Owbridge)
Author of dozens of romantic novels 1940s-1980s; titles include This Second Spring (1948), No Lease for Love (1950), Flower of the Nettle (1953), City Nurse (1956), Lake of Shadows (1964), The Other Miss Donne (1971), Roman Summer (1973), and Handmaid to Midas (1982).

(née Gertrude Margaret Temple)
Author of eight novels of the 1940s and 1950s, the first two of which, at least—Canter's Chase (1945) and Gull Yard (1947)—are mysteries; others include Flowers for Teacher (1948), The Silent Sisters (1950), Jonathan Guest (1952), The Gentle Rain (1952), and See a Fine Lady (1955).

CLIVE ARDEN (1888-1973)
(pseudonym of Lily Clive Nutt)
Author of eight novels 1923-1940, which look like pure melodrama; Sinners in Heaven (1923) contrasts "life in a country village with its smallness of outlook, snobbishness, and spite, and life in the wild places of the world, where convention and tradition are unknown"; Sinners and Enticement (1925) were made into films; others are The Spider and the Fly (1928), The Fetters of Eve (1931), and The Eagle's Wing (1938).

MARY ARDEN (1901–1931)
(pseudonym of Violet Murry, née le Maistre)
Second wife of John Middleton Murry (the first being Katherine Mansfield), Murry published only one story collection, Luck and Other Stories (1927), reviewed warmly by Naomi Royde-Smith, before she—like Mansfield—succumbed to tuberculosis.

MARY ARDEN (dates unknown)
(sometimes incorrectly identified as Violet Murry)
Author of two wartime novels, The House of Mystery (1940) and The Woman in Black (1944). Details are scarce, but she cannot, as some sources suggest, be Violet Murry, who published one story collection under the pseudonym Mary Arden. Murry, second wife of Katherine Mansfield's widower, died in 1931.

(married name Marsden)
Apparently the author of only one novel, Death of Henrietta (1934), a dark tale of war and family life, scathingly reviewed in The Bookman, which bemoaned the fact that authors were still producing the type of book satirized by Stella Gibbons in Cold Comfort Farm.

BETTY ARMITAGE (dates unknown)
Diarist whose record of life in rural Norfolk during World War II was found in a shed and published in 2002 as Betty's Wartime Diary 1939-1945; Armitage had been a theatrical dresser and seamstress prior to the war.

(married name MacDougall)
Scottish poet, novelist, and compiler of a significant ghost story compilation, The Eerie Book (1898); her novel Agnes of Edinburgh (1911) deals with women's suffrage; a much later novel, The Imposter and the Poodle (1940), appears to be by the same author.

(pseudonym of Nancy Violet Campbell, née Morison)
Author of more than 40 romantic novels for Mills & Boon 1938-1978; titles include Single Ticket (1938), The Singing Flame (1940), Frail Amazon (1941), Who Pays the Piper (1943), I'll Never Marry! (1945), Caught in a Moonbeam (1950), The House of the Swallows (1955), Mirror to Miranda (1960), and Wind Through the Vineyard (1969).

MAVIS ARMSTRONG (dates unknown)
Unidentified author of two novels, presumably romantic in nature, from the early 1930s—Her Wonderful Love (1930) and An Empty Triumph (1932).

[MARY] VERA ARMSTRONG (?1904-?1992)
More research needed; author of the school story Maris of Glenside (1953) and of two other books for children that were focused on Guiding—Twenty Tales (1949) and Rival Camps (1950).

MRS. J. O. ARNOLD (1860-1933)
(pseudonym of Adelaide Victoria Arnold, née England [listed in British Library catalogue as "Mrs. A. V. Arnold"])
Author of ten novels, including Fire i' the Flint (1911), which some sources call a feminist novel, the bleak Megan of the Dark Isle (1914), and later supernatural thrillers such as The Woman in Blue (1922) and The Merlewood Mystery (1928).

LILIAN S[ARAH]. ARNOLD (1872-1950)
Author of nine novels 1900s-1930s, about which I've found little information; titles include Liege Lady (1903), Also Joan (1911), The Storm-Dog: A Romance of Cornwall (1912), The Enchanting Distance (1915), The Something Better (1921), Draped Idols (1923), The Second Wife (1924), The Sinner that Repented (1925), and Earthquake in Surrey (1932).

Lyn Arnold
          see MOLLY WOOD

(aka Ray Cunningham)
Niece of poet Frances Browne; author of Scottish-themed novels and children's fiction from the late 1890s-1930s, under her own name and her pseudonym; titles include Two Little Travellers (1903), The Laidlaws of Lammerlaw (1913), Mother Maud (1922); several titles published in the 1930s appear to be reprints or serial stories published separately.

Edith Arundel
          see ANNE MAYBURY

(née Paige)
Apparently the author of a single novel, Bread and Olives: A Light-Hearted Tale of a Mediterranean Island (1957), which sounds distinctly entertaining, and whose main character The Spectator compared to Aunt Dot from Rose Macaulay's The Towers of Trebizond.

R[uby]. C[onstance]. Ashby
          see RUBY FERGUSON

Mary Ann Ashe

DAISY ASHFORD (1881-1972)
(married name Devlin)
Best known for The Young Visiters (1919), a novel written when she was only 9 years old, published to enormous success when she was in her late 20s; several other stories appeared in Daisy Ashford: Her Book (1920).

CHRISTINE ASHLEY (dates unknown)
Author of more than a dozen romantic novels 1921-1931, including The Marriage Lie (1921), A Just Impediment (1924), For Better, For Worse (1925), Her Wastrel Wooer (1928), The Price of Her Silence (1928), The Heart of a Humbug (1929), The Man She Wanted (1930), and Her Tangled Life (1931).

HELEN ASHTON (1891-1959)
(married name Jordan)
Author of early novels of bohemianism, such as Pierrot in Town (1913) and Almain (1914), Ashton later wrote popular hospital dramas, including Doctor Serocold (1930) and Yeoman's Hospital (1944), as well as Bricks and Mortar (1932, reprinted by Persephone), about an architect, and The Half-Crown House (1956), about a family struggling to maintain its estate.

(married name Hills)
Author of six novels 1927-1939, several of which, including her acclaimed debut Race (1927) and her third novel, The Sons of Jacob (1929), deal with relations between Jews and Gentiles in England; her other books are Shackles of the Free (1928), The Lonely Journey (1931), The Eye of a Needle (1938), and The Gates of Luthany (1939).

(née Hawley, married name Jinks [she added the Ashton], originally Alice Jane Hawley, she legally changed name to Alice Cecilia, which morphed into Alice Cicely)
Author of three historical novels—Child of Promise (1944), about Richard III and Anne Neville, A Heart Like Mine (1946), about Louise de la Vallière, mistress of Louis XIV, and The Rise of Françoise Scarron (1950), featuring the second wife of Louis XIV and the child murderer Catherine Voisin.

ALICE ASKEW (1874-1917)
(née Leake)
Novelist who co-authored with her husband Claude an astonishing number of popular novels, including Helen of the Moor (1911) and Nurse (1916); in WWI, they worked together in a British field hospital in Serbia, and were killed when their ship was torpedoed by a German submarine.

BETTY ASKWITH (1909-1995)
(married name Jones)
Humorist who published several works with Theodora Benson in the 1930s; also known for her novels including A Broken Engagement (1950) and A Step Out of Time (1966), the latter suggested as “possibly Persephone.”

(née Charteris)
Daughter-in-law of Prime Minister Herbert Asquith, remembered now for her Diaries 1915-1918 (1968), an important addition to World War I literature, and for her anthologies of ghost stories, Asquith also wrote two novels—The Spring House (1936) and One Sparkling Wave (1943).

MARGOT ASQUITH (1864-1945)
(née Tennant)
Memoirist known for her Autobiography (Volume 1, 1920; Volume 2, 1922), based on her diaries, including those covering World War I when her husband was Prime Minister; Asquith also wrote a single novel, the semi-autobiographical Olivia (1928).

Juliet Astley
          see NORAH LOFTS

THOMASINA ATKINS (dates unknown)
(pseudonym of "Private [W.A.A.C.] on Active Service"; real identity unknown)
Author of The Letters of Thomasina Atkins (1918), a lively and entertaining record of World War I as witnessed by a W.A.A.C. stationed in France; as far as I've been able to determine, her true identity has never been discovered (the pseudonym feminizes the generic term for a male soldier).

(married name Frankau)
Children's author and playwright, best known for a series featuring the Lockett children, beginning with August Adventure (1936), and a later series featuring Fricka Hammond and her cousins, beginning with Castaway Camp (1951); Atkinson also wrote one-act plays for women.

Granddaughter of Jane Austen's favorite nephew, Austen-Leigh published four crime or mystery novels in the 1930s—The Incredible Crime (1931), The Haunted Farm (1932), Rude Justice (1936), and The Gobblecock Mystery (1938).

ALMA AUSTIN (dates unknown)
Author of five romantic novels—Miss Magnificent (1923), A Laggard in Love (1929), Beth Plays Up (1932), The Make-Believe Heiress (1933), and A Hard Man's Daughter (1933).

(married name Coke, aka Rigby [husband's stage name])
More research needed; author of at least 20 novels of the 1920s-1930s, which appear to be romantic comedies; titles include The Grass Eater (1921), The Lovable Lunatic (1923), Valentine (1926), Sunblinds (1932), and Punch and Judas (1937); her husband was actor Edward Rigby.

GILLIAN AVERY (1926-     )
(married name Cockshut)
Children's author whose works are known for their realism and their Victorian settings; her novels include The Warden's Niece (1957) and The Elephant War (1960), both set in Oxford; other works include a history of girls’ schools, The Best Type of Girl (1991).

RUBY M[ILDRED] AYRES (1883-1955)
(married name Pocock)
Bestselling author of well over 100 romantic novels published between the 1920s and 1950s, including Richard Chatterton, V.C. (1915), Wynne of Windwhistle (1926), Follow the Shadow (1936), Rosemary—For Forgetting (1941) and Love Comes Unseen (1943).

(née Walshe, other married name Balchin)
Known for her cookbooks—among the first to utilize an historical approach—Ayrton also wrote several novels, including The Cook’s Tale (1957), described as “a love story with recipes,” and The Cretan (1963), a darker novel of peasant life on Crete.

(married name Jones)
Novelist and playwright, ever famous for National Velvet (1935), which she did not consider a children's book; and for The Squire (1938, reprinted by Persephone), a sensitive novel about motherhood; other novels include The Happy Foreigner (1920) and The Loved and Envied (1951).

Mrs. Baillie-Reynolds

JOY BAINES (1898-1942)
(aka Basil Carey, aka Richard Hawke)
Author of light fiction under her own name and adventure novels under her pseudonyms; titles include Wife to Hugo (1930), Seventh Sin (1931), Bitter Comedy (1933)—which reviewer Norah Hoult called "a trifle too familiar" but "bright and efficient"—Fiddler's Folly (1935), and Sweet Briar (1941).

AMY J[OSEPHINE]. BAKER (1878-1966)
(married name Crawford)
Now forgotten author of 40 romantic novels spanning five decades, including I Too Have Known (1911), The King's Passion (1920), Aurora (1928), Never Laugh at Love (1932), Fan Mail (1941), Swing Low, Swing High (1956), and Summer Isles of Eden (1962).

EMILY [SARAH] BAKER (c1841-1924)
(aka E. S. B.)
Author of several works that are probably Christian-themed, including a school story, Harry Winthrope's School Days: A Tale of Old Blundell's School (1907), as well as Jack Webster: A Christian Soldier (1899), Joe Blake (1900), and The Coming of Gwen (1919).

Children's author whose works are often set in Somerset and North Devon; titles include "Nonsense!" Said the Tortoise (1949), Four Farthings and a Thimble (1950), The Bright High Flyer (1957), Castaway Christmas (1963), and Cut Off from Crumpets (1964).

MAY BALDWIN (1862-1950)
Important early girls' school author whose work often featured realistic international schools and reflects the evolution of girls' schools; titles include Two Schoolgirls of Florence (1910), The Girls' Eton (1911), A Riotous Term at St. Norbert's (1920), and The School in the Wilds (1925).

MONICA BALDWIN (1893-1975)
Neice of PM Stanley Baldwin; Catholic nun who left the convent and wrote about her experiences—first a memoir, I Leap Over the Wall: Contrasts and Impressions After Twenty-eight Years in a Convent (1949), then a novel, The Called and the Chosen (1957), and finally a travel book, Goose in the Jungle (1965).

(aka Hearnden Balfour, combined pseudonym with Beryl Hearnden)
A pioneer of the organic farming movement, Balfour is best remembered for The Living Soil (1943), considered a classic environmentalist text, but she also published three mystery novels—The Paper Chase (1927), The Enterprising Burglar (1928), and Anything Might Happen (1931).

(aka E. M. C. Balfour-Browne)
Author of two story collections during my time period—Solway Tides and Other Tales (1928) and "If All Tales…" (1936), as well as an earlier novel, The Beetaley Jewels (1901), which may be a mystery; little information seems to be available about her.

HYLDA BALL (1874-1954)
(née Rhodes)
Sister of Kathlyn Rhodes and author of several novels from the 1910s to 1930s, including A Vase of Clay (1914), The Unhallowed Vow (1918), Peep o' Day (1929), and A Moorland Vendetta (1934).

(née Wilton)
Stage actress and theatre manager, known for several popular boys' roles (Dickens wrote of seeing her in one); she published several memoirs with her husband Squire Bancroft, as well as one novel, The Shadow of Neeme (1912).

(married name Hall)
Daughter of the Bankes family whose estate, Kingston Lacy, she later memorialized in A Dorset Heritage (1953) and in her short memoir A Kingston Lacy Childhood (1986). Her novel Shadow-Show (1922) was a runner-up for a John Long Best First Novel contest; a second book, Men for Pieces, was advertised but seems never to have appeared.

Novelist, playwright, and children's author best known for The Indian in the Cupboard (1980) and its sequels; she began as an adult novelist, with The L-Shaped Room (1960), the edgy tale of a young woman, unmarried and pregnant, unemployed and living in a dingy flat.

R. Hernekin Baptist
          see ETHELREDA LEWIS

(née Charlesworth, aka Brandon Roy)
Author of romantic novels with a Christian component, in which pristine female characters are often seen as the redeemers of men; works include The Rosary (1909) and The White Ladies of Worcester (1917).

(pseudonym of Edith Noel Daniell Barclay, née Daniell)
Author of five romances in the 1910s—Trevor Lordship (1911), A Dream of Blue Roses (1912), The Giant Fisher (1912), East of the Shadows (1913), and The Taste of Brine (1914)—after which she appears to have stopped writing.

(aka Margaret Beech)
Daughter of Florence Barclay; a pioneer of the Scout movement, Barclay was also a prolific children's author, best known for her Jane series which included Jane Versus Jonathan (1937) and Jane Will You Behave (1944), and for various works on scouting and collections of campfire tales.

Countess Hélène Barcynska
          see OLIVER SANDYS

DORA BARFORD (1901-1985)
(middle name alternately given as Madeline, Madaline, or Madelaine)
Author of five historical novels of the 1930s—Mr. Corrington (1931), The Golden Cargazon (1932), set in the time of James II, Tricolor (1933), set during the French revolution, Greek Fire (1936), set in 1922 around the burning of Smyrna, and Evasion (1936), about an escaped convict from Devil's Island.

(née Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, aka Ruby Cromer)
Countess of Cromer (her husband was Lord Chamberlain in the 1920s and was briefly portrayed on Downton Abbey); author of a memoir, Such Were These Years (1939), a collection of tales, Lamuriac and Other Sketches (1927), and what might be a novel, Unfettered Ways (1935).

A[UDREY]. L[ILLIAN]. BARKER (1918-2002)
Acclaimed author of short stories, including those in her first collection, Innocents (1947), and of novels such as Apology for a Hero (1950), A Case Examined (1965), and The Gooseboy (1987), the latter based in part on the life of actor/writer Dirk Bogarde.

Children's author and illustrator, particularly known for her drawings of dogs and horses; Barker also wrote fiction (for children?) about animals, including Bellman: The Story of a Beagle (1933), Bellman Carries On (1933), Traveller's Joy (1934), and The Wood by the Water (1957).

Charles Barling

Little information about her work is available, but Barlow appears to have published two mystery novels—The Sentence of the Judge (1912) and The Mystery of Jeanne Marie (1913)—as well as one children's book, "Waldmann": The Autobiography of a Dachsund (1910).

JANE BARLOW (1857-1917)
Poet and novelist known for verse and fiction about Irish farm life and often incorporating Irish dialect; titles include Kerrigan's Quality (1894), The Founding of Fortunes (1902), and In Mio's Youth (1917).

MABEL BARLTROP (1866-1934)
(née Andrews, aka Octavia, aka Besma)
"Prophet" and founder of the Panacea Society, known as Octavia; she purported to receive daily messages from beyond; her best-known works were religious works and memoirs, but her final two works, Wrong at the Root, or, The Bishop's Chaplain (1929) and The Rest House, or, The Bishop's Secret (1934), appear to be fiction.

KITTY BARNE (1883-1961)
(full name Marion Catherine Barne, married name Streatfeild)
Playwright, novelist, and children's author; her wartime fiction was particularly acclaimed, including Visitors from London (1940), about evacuees, and Musical Honours (1947), about a family facing postwar conditions; adult novels include Mother at Large (1938) and Vespa (1950).

DOROTHY BARNES (dates unknown)
Author of one short romantic novel, A Kiss for Fun (1932).

Prominent historical novelist who often wrote about kings and queens; several of her books remain in print, including Brief Gaudy Hour (1944), about Anne Boleyn, My Lady of Cleves (1946), The Tudor Rose (1953), Mary of Carisbrook (1956), and The King's Fool (1959).

WINIFRED BARNES (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of story books for small children and books on English grammar, as well as two girls' school stories, The Jewels and Jenny (1948) and Jenny at St Julien's (1949).

(née Gaskell, second married name Wileman)
Author of two dozen humorous romances published from the 1900s to 1940s and characterized by, in OCEF's words, their "extraordinary cheerfulness"; titles include An Undressed Heroine (1916), Sally in a Service Flat (1934), and The Two Miss Speckles (1946).

Author of nearly three dozen romance and romantic suspense novels from the 1930s to 1960s; her titles include Innocence (1934), Pretence and Peril (1938), Maiden in Danger (1951), Stained Inheritance (1956), Love May Cheat Us (1958), and Kiss in the Moonlight (1964).

F[????]. BARON (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of one girls' story, The Mystery of the Silver Statuette (1948), as well as several other children's titles, including Olive Dawson's Secret (1946), Pip Kin Seeks the Wizard (1946), The Flodden Rubies (1947), The King Works Magic (1947), and Chums Divided (1947).

AMELIA [EDITH] BARR (1831-1919)
(née Huddleston)
Born in England and immigrating to the U.S. in her twenties, Barr wrote novels from the 1880s to 1910s; her titles include A Bow of Orange Ribbon (1886), A Border Shepherdess (1887), Trinity Bells (1899), The Strawberry Handkerchief (1908), The House of Cherry Street (1909), Sheila Vedder (1911), and The Measure of a Man (1915); her memoir, All the Days of My Life, appeared in 1913.

E[NID]. M. BARRAUD (1904-c1972)
Memoirist best known for her World War II memoir Set My Hand Upon the Plough (1945), about the Women's Land Army; she wrote one more memoir, Tail Corn (1948), about East Anglia, and Barraud: The Story of a Family (1967), a history of her own family.

JOAN BARRETT (1868-????)
(pseudonym of Rose Davis, née Aburrow)
Wife of author Frank Barrett (really Frank Davis) and author of one story collection, Monte Carlo Stories (1896), one children's book, The Story of a Cat and Two Naughty Magpies (1923), and one novel, The Pretty Nobody (1927). You can read more about Barrett and her husband here.

Susan Barrie
          see IDA [JULIE] POLLOCK

E. BARRINGTON (1862-1931)
(pseudonym of Eliza Louisa Beck, née Moresby, earlier married name Hodgkinson, aka Lily Moresby Adams, aka Lily Adams Beck)
Having travelled widely for most of her life, Moresby only began writing at age 60, after which she explored themes of spirituality, romance, and the supernatural; titles include The Key of Dreams (1922), Dreams and Delights (1922), and The Exquisite Perdita (1926).

(née Wilson, aka Mrs. Russell Barrington)
Author of biographies, travel writing, and other non-fiction who published two early novels, Lena's Picture: A Story of Love (1893) and Helen's Ordeal (1894), and what appears to be one more later novel, A St. Luke of the Nineteenth Century (1922).

(married names Curtis and O'Flaherty)
Wife of author Liam O'Flaherty; author of a single novel, My Cousin Justin (1939, published in the U.S. as Turn Ever Northward), which was reprinted in 1990; her only other published work appears to be a story collection, David's Daughter, Tamar (1982), which appeared in the year of her death.

(pseudonym of Muriel Vere Barling, née Mant, aka Charles Barling)
Author of more than two dozen mystery novels, including White Pierrot (1936), Saga of a Scoundrel (1947), The Rest Is Silence (1951), Motive for Murder (1963), and Cage Without Bars (1966).

IRIS BARRY (1896-1969)
(married names Porter and Abbott)
Best known for her film restoration work and marriage to modernist writer Wyndham Lewis, Barry also wrote novels such as Splashing Into Society (1923) and Here Is Thy Victory (1930), as well as film criticism.

MARIE BARTLETT (1912-1991)
(née Primrose Marie Swan, earlier married names Austin and Marks, aka Valerie Rift, aka Rowena Lee, aka Sara Linden)
Author of more than 30 romantic novels under her pseudonyms, some of them historical (she was fond of the word "diadem" in her titles), including Tides of Zhimoni (1955), Wake of a Moonbeam (1956), Dangerous Delight (1959), and A Diadem in Jeopardy (1966); under her own name, she published The Rhino Stayed for Breakfast (1958), a memoir of her life in Kenya.

Oliver Barton

(married name Guichard)
Journalist and novelist whose fiction—often focused on Jewish life in Poland and Russia—includes When Summer Comes Again (1915), Baldwin's Kingdom (1917), and Passover (1920); she later wrote three novels with Elliot Monk which may be mysteries, including The St. Cloud Affair (1931).

MARGARET BATCHELOR (dates unknown)
(married name Phillpotts)
More research needed; author of six girls' stories in the 1910s and 1920s—Sallie's Children (1912), Six Devonshire Dumplings (1920), A Little Rhodesian (1922), The Children of Sunshine Mine: A Story of Rhodesia (1923), Gwenda's Friend from Home (1924), and Morwenna's Prince (1926).

ELISABETH BATT (dates unknown)
Author of Christian-themed children's fiction, including The House with the Blind Window (1955), In Search of Simon (1956), The Other House (1960), The Smallest Island (1961), and a unique school story set in Jamaica called A Jamaican Schoolgirl (1962).

(pseudonym of Joyce Kells Mankowska, née Batten)
Apparently the author of only two books, a children's book, Chang: The Life Story of a Pekingese (1935) and a much later novel, Isle of Mists (1960), about which I can find no information.

(née Irene Sarah Margaret Baumann, married names Gladstone Ogumefu and Lees, aka Marguerite Lees, aka M. L. Ogumefu)
Author of numerous romantic novels 1950s-1980s, including many set in hospitals; titles include A Case for Nurse Clare (1955), Ann Carsdaile, Almoner (1958), Village Nurse (1960), A Case in the Alps (1963), Design for Loving (1970), Stranger on the Moor (1975), and Bridal Flowers (1980); she also wrote books on Yoruba folk tales as M. L. Ogumefu.

NINA BAWDEN (1925-2012)
(née Mabey)
Prolific novelist and children's writer, best known for Carrie's War (1973), about a young girl's evacuation to a Welsh village during World War II, and for novels such as Who Calls the Tune (1953) and Afternoon of a Good Woman (1976).

MARY BAWN (1917-1993)
(pseudonym of Mary Pamela Godwin, married name Wright)
Author of more than a dozen novels 1958-1966, many of which appear to be historical and Scottish-themed; titles include Son of the Robber Clan (1958), Scarlet for Tartan (1958), The Stone of Drumaroo (1960), Pass of the Foxes (1961), Thunder of Cavaliers (1964), Brother's Blood (1964), and Sword in the Hills (1966).

Olive Baxter
          see HELEN EASTWOOD

VIOLA BAYLEY (1911-1997)
(née Powles)
Prolific author of children's adventure stories set in a variety of international locales; titles include The Wings of the Morning (1936), The Dark Lantern (1952), Paris Adventure (1954), Turkish Adventure (1957), Shadow on the Wall (1958), and Scottish Adventure (1965).

(née Bayne, married name Powell)
Author of several popular historical works on 18th century England, including The English Child in the Eighteenth Century (1939), Powell also published two crime novels, The Crime at Cloysters (1947) and The Crime at Porches Hill (1950).

(pseudonym of Annie O'Meara de Vic Beamish)
Founder and director of European language schools and author of numerous historical novels, including Shadows of Splendour (1955), Lady Beyond the Walls (1956), The Tudor Girl (1960), and The Peerless Popinjay (1964); she also wrote at least two earlier dog stories.

(née Charlton)
Primarily known for her novels focused on French historical figures, her final publication was a novel, In Perilous Days: A Tale of the French Revolution (1920).

Anne Beaton
          see PAT BEAUCHAMP

MABEL BEATTY (1879-1932)
(full name Rose Mabel Beatty, née Chappell)
Author of mystical works, including one subtitled "Being a Series of Teachings Sent by the White Brotherhood Through the Hand of Mabel Beatty", and a single novel, The Resurrection of Merion Lloyd (1929), which features astral projection in a tale of a murderer seeking redemption.

(née Smith, aka Karen Campbell, aka Catherine Ross)
Author of more than thirty romantic novels under her own name and her two pseudonyms; titles include Maiden Flight (1956), The Atlantic Sky (1957), The Butternut Tree (1958), The Trysting Tower (1964), Miss Miranda's Walk (1967), The Swallows of San Fedora (1974), and The Shadow of the Peak (1985).

Partner of novelist Norah C. James for many years and author of seven novels herself; she and James published a cookbook together, Greenfingers and the Gourmet (1949); her fiction includes Fair Exchange (1939), Without Comment (1939), Ride the Wind (1947), Virtue in the Sun (1949), and The Girl in the Fog (1958)

PAT BEAUCHAMP (1892-1972)
(pseudonym of Catharine Marguerite Beauchamp Waddell, married name Washington, aka Anne Beaton)
Journalist, memoirist, and cookbook author; her memoir of nursing during World War I were published as Fanny Goes to War (1919) and reprinted as Fanny Went to War early in World War II. Eagles in Exile (1942) is her journalistic book on the Polish Army.

(pseudonym of Helen Mary Dorothea Bellingham)
Forgotten novelist whose early works have an element of fantasy combined with philosophy, while later works focus on relationships; her wartime novels, So Frail a Thing (1940), Shadows on the Wall (1941), Where the Treasure Is (1944), and There Were Three Men (1949), may be of interest.

Jane Beaufort
          see IDA [JULIE] POLLOCK

Isabel Beaumont

(pseudonym of Lillian Comber, née Lloyd)
Memoirist who wrote humorously about her relocation to an isolated community in the Hebrides, starting with The Hills Is Lonely (1959); she also wrote novels including Green Hand (1967) and A Shine of Rainbows (1984), as well as a Hebrides cookbook.

Late Victorian/Edwardian novelist and children's author; titles include The Village By The River (1900), The Deerhurst Girls (1907), Drusilla the Second (1910), His Will and Her Way (1911), Maids In Many Moods (1912), The Ventures Of Hope (1914), and The Siege Of Mr Johnson (1915).

John Bedford

(née von Schoenebeck)
Novelist and travel writer. best known for A Legacy (1956), a novel based on her father's time in German cadet schools and her own youth, and for the Booker-nominated Jigsaw (1989); her other novels are the interlinked A Favourite of the Gods (1963) and A Compass Error (1968).

(née Davidson)
Author of five romantic novels of the early 1930s—In Masquerade (1930), Puck in Petticoats (1931), Miss Mackay (1932), House of Dreams (1932), and Half a Loaf (1933)—as well as a later children's title, Monkey Behave (1958).

JANET BEITH (1906-1995)
(married name Melland)
Author of a highly praised debut novel, No Second Spring (1933), a tragic love story set on a Scottish manse, and a well-received second novel, Sand Castle (1936), who then published only one additional work, The Corbies (1955), about which little information is available.

EVA MARY BELL (c1878-1959)
(née Hamilton, aka Mrs. G. H. Bell)
Editor of The Hamwood Papers of the Ladies of Llangollen (1930), featuring diaries and papers of Sarah Ponsonby and Eleanor Butler, and author of over a dozen novels, including Second Nature (1914), Those Young Married People (1924), and Jean, a Halo, and Some Circles (1926).

GERTRUDE BELL (1868-1926)
Archaeologist, travel writer, anti-suffragist, and a key political figure involved in establishing the modern nation of Iraq, Bell was a trailblazing but controversial figure whose complexities are revealed in her Letters (published 1927-1928); her diaries of 1913-14 appeared in 2000.

MRS. HUGH BELL (1851-1930)
(pseudonym of Florence Eveleen Eleanore Olliffe Bell, née Olliffe)
Stepmother of Gertrude Bell; playwright, children's author, and novelist whose works include the New Woman novel The Story of Ursula (1895), the intriguing Miss Tod and the Prophets (1898), about a spinster taken in by doomsday prophets, and The Good Ship Brompton Castle (1915).

Jean Bell
          see JANE SHAW

JOSEPHINE BELL (1897-1987)
(pseudonym of Doris Bell Ball, née Collier)
Author of mysteries, often set in hospitals, which reflect her extensive experience as a doctor, including Murder in Hospital (1937) and Death in Retirement (1956), as well as mainstream novels such as The Bottom of the Well (1940) and Wonderful Mrs. Marriott (1948).

Marguerite Bell
          see IDA [JULIE] POLLOCK

MARY BELL (1913-1994)
(full name Emma Mary Bell, married names MacDonald and Arbuthnot)
Author of Summer’s Day (1951), a lovely novel, humorous and serious by turns, for adults but set in a girls’ school, which was reprinted by Greyladies; a romance called Broken Bonds (1946) may be by the same author.

MARY HAYLEY BELL (1911-2005)
(married name Mills)
Playwright and novelist (and mother of Hayley Mills) known for stage hits Men in Shadow (1942) and Duet for Two Hands (1945); also author of at least two novels, including Whistle Down the Wind (1958), which was adapted for film and stage.

Ramsay Bell

Pearl Bellairs
          see MARGARET JEPSON

(née Parker)
Poet whose work appeared regularly on the BBC in the 1950s; author of two novels, Shadowy Bricks (1932), about a young teacher at a progressive school, and Hath the Rain a Father? (1946), a novel about the losses of World War I, in which her brother was killed.

Peter Benedict
          see EDITH PARGETER

(née Turle)
Author of two girls' school stories, Gillian the Dauntless (1937) and Harum-Scarum Jill (1937), as well as more than a dozen other children's books, including Eight Weeks in the "Saucy Sue" (1927), The Mystery of the Sinclairs (1932), Open Windows (1938), and Glen Robin: A Story for Girls (1941).

Maisie Bennett

MARGOT BENNETT (1912-1980)
Author of mystery novels such as The Widow of Bath (1952), praised by Julian Symons, and The Man Who Didn't Fly (1955), and of two science fiction novels—The Long Way Back (1954), about an England colonized by Africa, and The Furious Masters (1968).

TERTIA BENNETT (1872-1949)
More research needed; author of three books: Tiptail: The Adventures of a Black Kitten (1899) and Gentleman Dash (1912) are definitely children's books, but The Mysterious Uncle (1924) could be for older readers.

STELLA BENSON (1892-1933)
(married name Anderson)
Novelist and travel writer whose Tobit Transplanted (1930, aka The Far-Away Bride) deals with White Russians in Manchuria; her early novels, such as This Is the End (1917) and Living Alone (1919), used fantastic elements to comment on war, women’s rights, and other issues.

Humorist and novelist who published popular satirical works with Betty Askwith in the 1930s, as well as cynically funny novels such as Salad Days (1928), Which Way? (1931), Façade (1933), and Concert Pitch (1934).

(née Noel)
Author of a biographical work, The Ex-Kaiser in Exile (1921), a memoir, My Wanderings and Memories (1924), and two novels, The Ring of Straw (1925) and The Puzzled Wife (1926), about which information is sparse.

Writer of historical novels set in her native Yorkshire, including a trilogy beginning with Inheritance (1932), Freedom, Farewell! (1938), Take Courage (1940), and Life Story (1948); Bentley also published critical works on the Brontës and on regional fiction.

(married name Robertson)
Best known as the creator of the Wombles series of books and television shows, she also wrote numerous other children's books, including The Flying Doctor Mystery (1958), The Hidden Mill (1965), Dangerous Magic (1972), and The Ghosts of Lupus Street School (1986), as well as several romantic novels for adults beginning in the 1970s.

(married name Lewis, aka Amanda Hope)
Prolific author of children's fiction, especially pony and other animal stories, such as Taff the Sheepdog (1949), The Ponies Next Door (1954), Ponies All Summer (1956), A Pony in the Family (1959), and others to the 1980s, as well as three pseudonymous romantic novels—The Pengelly Face (1977), Lord of Glenjerrick (1979), and Mistress of Eden (1979).

Max Beresford
          see ANNIE E. HOLDSWORTH

(married name Graham)
A longtime book critic for the Daily Telegraph, Berridge's collection Tell It to a Stranger (1947, orig. Selected Stories) was reprinted by Persephone, and several of her acclaimed novels, including Upon Several Occasions (1953) and Rose Under Glass (1961), have been reprinted by Faber Finds.

FLORA E[LIZA]. BERRY (????-1949)
Author of one school story, Monica's Choice (1904), and three other titles about which information is sparse—In Small Corners (1899), Neta Lyall (1903), and Lettice Martyn's Crusade (1930).

ROSAMOND BERTRAM (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of at least six career novels for girls, including Ann Thorne, Reporter (1939), Mary Truslove, Detective (1940), Ann Thorne Comes to America (1941), Philippa Drives On (1947), Scoop for Ann Thorne (1949), and Front Page Ann Thorne (1951).

          see MABEL BARLTROP

ANNA BEST (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of two girls' school stories—School Rivals (1925), in which the heroine mostly rescues others from dangerous situations, and Madge's Victory (1926), which Sims and Clare describe as "unintentionally amusing" because of its bewildering plot.

Victorian poet, memoirist, travel writer, and novelist, whose final novel Hearts of Alsace (1916) qualifies her for my list; her debut, The White House by the Sea (1857), was an international bestseller, and some later works dealt with French life, based on her frequent travels in that country.

MARY BETHUNE (1901-1987)
(pseudonym of Liliane Mary Catherine Clopet)
Practicing doctor and lifelong companion of mystery writer Kathleen Freeman (aka Mary Fitt), Bethune also published a single novel, Doctor Dear (1954), which appears to be about a woman doctor.

(aka Mrs. Coulson Kernahan or J. G. Kernahan)
Prolific author of popular, if implausible, romantic adventure novels, including The Mystery of Magdalen (1906), Ashes of Passion (1909), The Trap (1917), The Whip of the Will (1927), and A Village Mystery (1934).

P[HYLLIS]. Y[VONNE]. BETTS (1909-2005)
Author of the memoir People Who Say Goodbye (1989), which was reprinted in recent years by Slightly Foxed; the memoir was her first book in over five decades, following a novel, French Polish, in 1933.

MARJORIE BEVAN (1900-1966)
(full name Kathleen Eleanor Marjorie Bevan, married name Bennetton)
Author of children's fiction, particularly several girls' school novels of the 1920s to 1940s, including Five of the Fourth (1926), The Fifth at Foley's (1936), Mystery Term at Moorleigh (1937), The Luck of the Veritys (1938), Merely Belinda (1939), and Madcaps of Manor School (1949).

Nicholas Bevel
          see MURIEL HINE

ANN BEVERLY (1904-1994)
(pseudonym of Gretchen [sometimes Gertrude?] Edith Breary)
Children's author who published around 10 titles for younger children, as well as one, The Runaway Four (1944), which seems to be for older children.

June Bhatia
          see HELEN FORRESTER

(née Asquith, aka Princess Bibesco)
Daughter of Margot Asquith; poet, playwright, and novelist; her fiction includes The Fir and the Palm (1924), There is No Return (1927), Portrait of Caroline (1931), and The Romantic (1940), and three story collections; The Nation compared her work to Mansfield and James.

(née Bower, aka J. Tweedale, aka Judith Tweedale)
Primarily known as a poet (her Collected Poems appeared in 1948), Bickle also wrote two novels—The Unimaginable Flowers (1935), described as a romantic novel, and Village of Rosemary (1965).

(née Lambe, aka Elizabeth Ford, aka Mary Ann Gibbs)
Prolific author of romantic suspense (as Elizabeth Ford) and historical romance (as Mary Ann Gibbs) from the 1930s to 1980s; titles include Fog (1933), The Irresponsibles (1946), A Bit of a Bounder: An Edwardian Trifle (1952), Butter Market House (1958), and The Sugar Mouse (1965).

(née Burton)
Memoirist known for The Past Is Myself (1968), about her marriage to a German Nazi-resister and their harrowing life in Nazi Germany, which inspired the TV drama Christabel (1988); after the TV version, demand from fans led Bielenberg to write a sequel, The Road Ahead (1992).

MARGARET BIGGS (1929-     )
Children's author best known for her Melling School series, many of which have been reprinted by Girls Gone By, starting with The Blakes Come to Melling (1951) and The New Prefect at Melling (1952); others include Dilly Goes to Ambergate (1955) and The Two Families (1958).

EILEEN BIGLAND (1898-1970)
(née Carstairs)
Novelist, travel writer, and author of biographies for young readers, Bigland's fiction includes the autobiographical Gingerbread House (1934) Alms for Oblivion (1937), and Tiger in the Heart (1940); after the war she published histories of the WRNS and the ATS (both 1946).

PEARL BINDER (1904-1990)
(originally Binderevski, married name Elwyn-Jones)
Born in England to Ukrainian parents, Binder is best known as an artist, illustrator, and writer and BBC broadcaster on fashion, but she also wrote several books for children, including Odd Jobs (1935), Misha and Masha (1936), and Misha Learns English (1942).

(aka Julie Mannering)
Primarily known as a biographer (of Mary, Queen of Scots, Richard Sheridan, and Henry Irving, among others) and historian, Bingham also wrote two early novels—The Passionate Poet (1951), about Lord Byron, and Look to the Rose (1953).

(married name Vere-Hodge)
Playwright, children’s author, and novelist, Bingley wrote six one-act plays in the 1950s, two children’s books of the 1960s, including Vicky and the Monkey People (1966), and an historical novel, The Clear Heart, published by Hutchinson in 1945, all making use of her life in India.

MARJORIE BINNIE (c1894-????)
(née Cope, other married name Dove?)
Apparently the author of only a single novel, Women with Men (1935), set in Africa, Binnie spent her early life in Singapore before moving to South Africa to farm with her husband.

JULIA BIRLEY (1928-     )
(née Davies)
Daughter of Margaret Kennedy and author of four novels—The Children on the Shore (1958), The Time of the Cuckoo (1960), When You Were There (1963), and A Serpent's Egg (1966).

(née Paterson)
Author of historical romances set in the Elizabethan or Regency periods; her titles include The Durable Fire (1958), The House with Two Faces (1960), Impatient Griselda (1965), The Favourite Sister (1967), No Hint of Scandal (1971), The Parson's Daughter (1973), and Consequences (1980).

DOROTHY BLACK (1890-1977)
(married name MacLeish, aka Peter Delius)
Prolific author of romance novels and short stories, including many using her experience of life in Burma and India; works include Idle Women (1928), Dance, Little Lady (1940), The Stag at Bay (1950), and The Long Day Done (1959).

HERMINA BLACK (1893-1986)
(full name Emma Hermina Mary Black, married name Lethridge)
Prolific author of romance and romantic suspense from the 1930s to 1980s; titles include The Love Hotel (1935), Passion's Web (1937), Sweet Pilgrimage (1943), Moon Over Morocco (1951), Jennifer Harlow, M.D. (1957), Private Patient (1962), and Danger in Montparnasse (1967).

(married name Leader, aka Frances Castle, aka Barbara Leader, aka Jane Grant)
Author of several dozen romantic novels from the 1920s to early 1970s; titles include Return to Bondage (1926), Courage for Martha (1930), Lover Be Wise (1934), Abbots Bank (1948), Georgina Goes Home (1951), Star Spangled Heavens (1953), The Buds of May (1955), and City of Forever (1963).

(married name Vernon Blackburn, but seems to have gone by Blackburn, née Sang)
Forgotten author of a single novel, The Duchess Ilsa: A Page from the Secret Memoirs of the Court of Hohenau-Sesselstadt (1914), about which online details are scarce.

(née Blackmore)
Author of numerous romantic novels from 1941 to at least the late 1970s; titles include Towards To-Morrow (1941), They Carry a Torch (1943), Snow in June (1947), The Nine Commandments (1950), Three Letters to Pan (1955), Tears in Paradise (1959), and Gold for My Girl (1967); oddly, her maiden and married names are the same—did she marry a cousin or is it pure coincidence?

Charity Blackstock
          see URSULA TORDAY

Lee Blackstock
          see URSULA TORDAY

Author of four novels 1912-1938, as well as two plays; the novels are Dorothy Gayle (1912), The Enchanted Pen (1919), Alone in a Crowd (1931), and Lady Springmead (1938); her diary from World War II was independently published as "No Soldier": The 1942 Diary of Miss Editha Blaikley of Wren Cottage in 1992.

Joan Blair
          see JANE OLIVER and ANN STAFFORD

Kathryn Blair
          see LILLIAN WARREN

(married name Pinto, aka Jacqueline Pinto)
Author of three school stories which deal humorously with class and pretense—The Headmistress in Disgrace (1949), A Rebel at St Agatha's (1949), and Triplets at Royders (1950, co-authored with Margaret Biggs)—and of a later series beginning with The School Gala Disaster (1985).

Andrea Blake
          see ANNE WEALE

Monica Blake
          see MARIE MUIR

JEAN BLATHWAYT (1918-1999)
(full name Marjorie Jean Blathwayt)
A nurse and nursery school teacher as well as author, Blathwayt published more than a dozen books for children, including Uncle Paul's House (1957), The Well Cabin (1957), Jenny Leads the Way (1958), The Beach People (1960), Peter's Adventure (1961), and House of Shadows (1967).

(full name Clara Winifred Blazey)
Best known in mystery trivia as a close friend and sometime roommate of Gladys Mitchell, Blazey also wrote four novels in her own right—Dora Beddoe (1936), Indian Rain (1938), The Crouching Hill (1941), and Grace Before Meat (1942) which likewise take crime as their theme.

(married names Milward and Saunders)
Daughter of Frederick Bligh Bond, architect and ghost hunter, and author of a single novel, Avernus (1924), described as a fantasy novel and as dealing with reincarnation, but details are sketchy.

ELIOT BLISS (1903-1990)
(pseudonym of Eileen Nora Lees Bliss)
Born in Jamaica to English parents, Bliss was the author of only two books, the novels Saraband (1931) and Luminous Isle (1934), both reprinted by Virago in the 1980s; Virago's bio says her circle in London included Dorothy Richardson, Vita Sackville-West, and Jean Rhys

URSULA BLOOM (1892-1984)
(married names Denham-Cookes and Robinson, aka Sheila Burns, aka Mary Essex, aka Rachel Harvey, aka Lozania Prole, aka Deborah Mann, aka Sara Sloane)
Author of hundreds of popular, gently humorous novels of social life, including Gossamer Dream (1930), Time, Tide and I (1942), The Amorous Bicycle (1944) and Tea Is So Intoxicating (1950), as well as several memoirs including her war memoir War Isn't Wonderful (1961).

REBECCA BLOUNT (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of a single girls' school story called Schooldays (1921), about an old-fashioned school being superceded by more modern schools. Sims and Clare note that it may be autobiographical.

(married name Bott)
Wife of Pan Books founder Alan Bott; known for anecdotes such as those in Shrimps for Tea (1930), Heat of the Sun (1948), and See Me Dance the Polka (1962), Blumenfeld wrote at least one novel, Pin a Rose on Me (1958), the “madcap” tale of “a middle-aged English woman's quest for independence.”

Daughter of M. E. Francis, with whom she published several children’s books, Blundell also wrote several novels on her own, some or all with Catholic themes, including Ancient Lights (1928), The Living Voice (1931), The Master's Forge (1933), and Cloaked Malice (1950).

Daughter of M. E. Francis and sister of Agnes Blundell; novelist and biographer who collaborated with her mother on Lady Jane and the Smallholders (1924) and published two solo novels, Katherine of the Barge (1911) and Wood Sanctuary (1930).

(née Mackenzie)
Author of nine novels, primarily of exotic romance, sometimes mixed with fantasy; titles include Sons of the Milesians (1906), Out of the Dark (1910), The Temple of the Winds (1925), and Zeo the Scythian (1935).

ENID BLYTON (1897-1968)
(married names Pollock and Waters, aka Mary Pollock)
Hugely prolific and successful children's author; although much of her work is for young children, she also published several series of novels, including the St. Malory's school novels (1941-45), a mystery series starting with The Rockingdown Mystery (1949), and the "Secret Seven" series (1949-63).

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