Tuesday, January 1, 2013

British & Irish Women Writers of Fiction 1910-1960 (Gl - Har)

For more information about this list, please see the introduction, linked below. 

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[Current total: 2,263 writers]

UPDATED 5/7/2022


GLASIER, KATHARINE BRUCE (25 Sept 1867 – 14 Jun 1950)
(née Conway)
1890s – 1900s, 1920s
Socialist-feminist activist and author of three novels—Husband and Brother (1894), Aimee Furniss, Scholar (1896), and Margret (1903)—as well as two story collections, Tales from the Derbyshire Hills (1907) and Dolly-logues (1926). Glasier is discussed in Angela Ingram's Rediscovering Forgotten Radicals.

GLYN, ELINOR (17 Oct 1864 – 23 Sept 1943)
(née Sutherland)
1910s – 1930s
Sister of fashion designer Lucy Duff Gordon. Most
famous for her scandalous sixth novel, Three Weeks (1907), about a Balkan queen seducing a young Brit, Glyn wrote more than 20 other novels, including The Man and the Moment (1914), which introduced the concept of "it". She also wrote several screenplays in the 1920s and even directed two films. Other titles include The Visits of Elizabeth (1900), The Damsel and the Sage (1903), Elizabeth Visits America (1909), The Reason Why (1911), The Career of Katherine Bush (1916), The Great Moment (1923), This Passion Called Love (1925), The Flirt and the Flapper (1930), Sooner or Later (1933), and The Third Eye (1940).

GODDARD, [MARY] CONSTANCE [EVELYN] (17 Feb 1881 – 25 Jan 1954)
1920s – 1940s
Author of five works of fiction, some or all of it for children and much of it revolving around farming and rural life in Derbyshire, where Goddard was born and spent much of her life. Titles are Dear Charity (1922), Silver Woods: The Story of Three Girls on a Farm (1939), Paradise Valley (1947), Life in Little Eden (1948), and Three at Cherry-Go-Gay (1949), the last a wartime story about evacuees in Devonshire. Come Wind, Come Weather (1945) seems to be a memoir about farm life in wartime. [Thanks to Hilary Clare for her clever work tracking down Goddard, who was previously unidentified.]

GODDEN, JON (JONQUIL) [WINSOME RUTH KEY] (3 Aug 1906 – 10 Apr 1984)
(married names Baughan and Oakley)
1940s – 1980s
Sister of Rumer GODDEN and author of 12 novels of her own, as well as several works co-written with her sister. Her novels are The Bird Escaped (1947), The House by the Sea (1948), The City and the Wave (1950), The Peacock (1950), The Seven Islands (1956), Mrs. Panopoulis (1959), Told in Winter (1961, aka A Winter's Tale), In the Sun (1965), Kitten with Blue Eyes (1971), Mrs. Starr Lives (1972), Ahmed's Lady (1975), about an elderly woman and her guide hiking in the Kashmir mountains, and In Her Garden (1981). With her sister, she published Two Under the Indian Sun (1966), a memoir of their childhood in India, Shiva's Pigeons: An Experience of India (1972), and a story collection, Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love (1989).

GODDEN, [MARGARET] RUMER (10 Dec 1907 – 8 Nov 1998)
(married names Foster and Dixon)
1930s – 1990s
Sister of Jon GODDEN. Author of 21 novels and more than two dozen children's books. The novels are Chinese Puzzle (1936), The Lady and the Unicorn (1938), Black Narcissus (1939), Gypsy, Gypsy (1940), Breakfast with the Nikolides (1942), A Fugue in Time (1945, aka Take Three Tenses), The River (1946), A Candle for St. Jude (1948), A Breath of Air (1950), Kingfishers Catch Fire (1953), An Episode of Sparrows (1955), The Greengage Summer (1958), China Court (1960), The Battle of Villa Fiorita (1963), In This House of Brede (1969), The Peacock Spring (1975), Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy (1979), The Dark Horse (1981), Coromandel Sea Change (1990), Pippa Passes (1994), and Cromartie v. The God Shiva (1997). Among her well-known children's titles are The Doll's House (1947), The Mousewife (1951), Candy Floss (1960), Miss Happiness and Miss Flower (1961), The Kitchen Madonna (1967), The Diddakoi (1972), Thursday's Children (1984), and Listen to the Nightingale (1992). A number of her works have been adapted for film or television, most famously Black Narcissus by Michael Powell in 1947 and The River by Jean Renoir in 1951. She also published several memoirs, including Rungli-Rungliot (1944), a diary of her life in an isolated house in Kashmir in the early days of World War II, Two Under the Indian Sun (1966), written with her sister, about their childhood in India, and two volumes of autobiography, A Time To Dance, No Time To Weep (1987) and A House with Four Rooms (1989), which recount her dramatic life, including an attempted poisoning by a disgruntled servant while living in Kashmir (later dramatized in Kingfishers Catch Fire). I've written about some of her work here.

GOLDEN, GILLIAN D. (1932 -         )
(married name Dunkerley)
Daughter of children's author Dorothy DENNISON. Author of two children's titles—Over to Paul (1958) and Bouquet for Susan (1958). These were part of a series of family stories called the Courtney Chronicles, and it appears that Dennison and Golden each wrote two titles for the series, all published the same year. Over to Paul appears to be #2 in the series, and Bouquet for Susan is #4, while Dennison's Spotlight on Penelope (1958) and Call Me Jacqueline (1958) are #s 1 and 3.

GOLDIE, BERTHA [BARRÉ] (1871 - 1938)
(née Hollis)
1900s - 1940
Author of 12 novels, about which little information is available. Titles are The Discipline of Christine (1904), The Cotherstones (1926), The Hand of the Waverleys (1927), The Green Tabloids (1929, aka The Green Tablets), The Piper of Arristoun (1935), Vellum (1935), Raven (1936), Nightflights (1936), The Signature (1937), Dahlia: The Romance of a London Portrait Painter (1937), The Village Never Knew (1938), and Whispering Galleries (1940). She also published one children's book, Scroodles and the Others (1903).

(née Curwen)
1900s – 1910s
Author of two novels, A Pilgrim of Love (1905) and The Veiled Life (1914), which seem to have been reviewed as pleasant, if slightly melodramatic, romantic tales.

GOLDRING, MAUDE (12 Nov 1880 – 24 Nov 1962)
1900s – 1910s
novelist, and biographer of Charlotte Brontë. Her fourth and final novel, The Wonder Year (1914), is, according to OCEF, "about the dullness of provincial life, and the women who want to escape it." The others are Dean's Hall (1908), The Tenants of Pixy Farm (1909), and The Downsman: A Story of Sussex (1911).

GOLDRING, RUTH M[ARIANNE?]. (?26 Jul 1910 - ?2001)
(married name Ward [uncertain but probable identification])
Author of two novels—Ann's Year (1933), "a story combining school and business life in its period," and Educating Joanna (1935), about a young woman at Oxford, discussed in Anna Bogen's Women's University Fiction, 1880–1945.

GOODWIN, SUZANNE [CECILE] (27 Sept 1916 – 28 Feb 2008)
(née Ebel, earlier married name Belsey, aka Suzanne Ebel, aka Cecily Shelbourne)
1950s – 2000s
Author of more than 40 romance novels, including Love the Magician (1956), The Half-Enchanted (1964), The Love Campaign (1965), A Most Auspicious Star (1969), The Family Feeling (1973), Grove of Olives (1976), The Clover Field (1987), and French Leave (2001).

GOODYEAR, SUSAN (2 Mar 1888 – 11 Oct 1963)
(pseudonym of Margaret Alice Matthews, née Bryan)
Author of three novels—Cathedral Close (1936), College Square (1937), and Such Harmony (1938). The second deals with the power dynamics in an English college following the death of a beloved principal.

GOOLDEN, BARBARA (5 Jun 1900 – 21 Apr 1990)
1920s - 1980
Author of nearly 100 volumes of fiction, most of them novels. Her early work seems to have been seriously reviewed, but later titles sound lighter. Titles include The Knot of Reluctance (1926), Children of the Peace (1928), The Conquering Star (1929), The Toils of Law (1931), Slings & Arrows (1934), Call the Tune (1939), The Asses Bridge (1940), Swings and Roundabouts (1943), Ichabod (1945), Venetia (1952), The China Pig (1953), The World His Oyster (1955), The Linnet in the Cage (1958), Against the Grain (1961), Battledore and Shuttlecock (1963), A Finger in the Pie (1965), The Reluctant Wife (1968), Fortune's Favorite (1971), A Leap in the Dark (1972), and Sanctuary (1980).

          see ANDREWS, LUCILLA

Gordon, Janet

GORDON, PAT (dates unknown)
Untraced author of a single girls' school story, Madcap Petrina (1934).

GORELL, ELIZABETH (13 Sept 1886 – 26 Apr 1954)
(pseudonym of Maud Elizabeth Furse Barnes, Baroness Gorell, née Radcliffe)
1940s – 1950
Author of nearly a dozen children's titles, beginning with So Early in the Morning (1941), which was apparently based on her own children who had been evacuated to America. Other titles include Miss Fairitch and the Little Greenes (1943), Fay's Croombe (1944), The Bear Garden (1945, illustrated by Dorothy BURROUGHES), and The Captured Stream (1950). Earlier in her life, she had apparently acted as a medium as part of William Butler Yeats researches into the occult.

Golden Gorse
          see MURIEL WACE

GORST, MRS. HAROLD E. (2 Nov 1869 – 19 Oct 1926)
(pseudonym of Cecilia Frances Rose Gorst, nicknamed Nina, née Kennedy)
1890s – 1910s
Edwardian playwright and author of at least seven novels, which OCEF summed up as "relentless studies of the deprivations of slum and suburban life." These include Possessed of Devils (1897), —And Afterwards? (1901), This Our Sister (1905), The Light (1906), The Soul of Milly Green (1907), The Thief on the Cross (1908), and The Leech (1911).
NGCOBA lists two additional later titles—a novel, The Misbegotten (1921), and what appears to be a memoir, The Night Is Far Spent (1919), but these are not shown in Worldcat or the British Library.

GORST, HESTER [GASKELL] (25 Sept 1887 – 18 Oct 1992)
(née Holland, aka Hester Holland)
1930s – 1940s
Great-niece of Elizabeth Gaskell. Well-known painter, sculptor, and short story writer, and author of four novels under her maiden name—A Man Must Live (1938), Under the Circumstances (1944), Week-Ends for Henry (1947), and There Is Always Oneself (1948).

GOUDGE, ELIZABETH [DE BEAUCHAMP] (24 Apr 1900 – 1 Apr 1984)
1910s, 1930s – 1970s
Author of fifteen novels, some historical, which were bestsellers in their day. These include the international bestseller Green Dolphin Country (1944, aka Green Dolphin Street), made into a popular film, and two trilogies—The Eliots of Damerosehay, about family life on a large country estate, comprised of The Bird in the Tree (1940), The Herb of Grace (1948, aka Pilgrim’s Inn), and The Heart of the Family (1953), and City of Bells, comprised of A City of Bells (1936), Towers in the Mist (1938), and The Dean's Watch (1960). The others are Island Magic (1934), The Middle Window (1935), The Castle on the Hill (1942), Gentian Hill (1949), The Rosemary Tree (1956), The White Witch (1958), The Scent of Water (1963), and The Child From the Sea (1970). She also published several children's books, including most famously The Little White Horse (1946), J. K. Rowling's favorite children's book, as well as Sister of the Angels (1939), The Well of the Star (1941), Henrietta's House (1942, aka The Blue Hills), and Linnets and Valerians (1964, aka The Runaways). Her first book was The Fairies' Baby and Other Stories (1919), published before she was 20, and her last was her memoir, The Joy of the Snow (1974).

GOWER, MARGARET [ROSEMARY] LEVESON (13 Mar 1903 – 22 Dec 1964)
1920s – 1930s
Author of three titles, the first of which, at least, Chuckles: The Story of a Small Boy (1927), is probably a children’s book. The others are The Fighting Six (1929) and The Good Detectives (1931).

GRACE, ARMINE (1867 - 1939)
(pseudonym of Amy Grace Catherine Lowndes)
Sister of Dolf WYLLARDE. Actress on the London stage in the 1890s (including in a touring production of Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan) and author of two novels—The Cloak of St. Martin (1913), a melodrama about the children of a wrongly-hanged man, and The House of Silent Footsteps (1917), about a troupe of romantic burglars.

GRADY, WINIFRIDE [MARY] (2 Jun 1896 - 1981)
Author of only one book, The Oldmay Scholarship & True Blue (1927), containing two school-related novellas.

GRAHAM, DORIS (dates unknown)
Untraced author of a single romantic novel, A Heart in Exile (1922).

GRAHAM, ELEANOR (9 Jan 1896 – 8 Mar 1984)
1920s – 1960s
author and longtime editor for Penguin, best known for The Children Who Lived in a Barn (1938), which was reprinted by Persephone. Most of her other children's fiction were collections of fairy tales and bedtime stories, but The Night Adventures of Alexis (1925), Six in a Family (1935), and Change for a Sixpence (1937) seem to be longer tales. She later produced children's biographies of Queen Victoria and Charles Dickens, among others.

Graham, Ennis

GRAHAM, LYDIA S[USANNA]. (25 May 1882 – 23 May 1974)
(married name Elliot)
Author of two children's titles—The Three Ts at Aberleigh (1932), tracing a young girl's development from childhood to the verge of adulthood, and Cockle Cove (1935). Graham was probably a Quaker, and she also wrote a play, Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh (1931), and a travel book, Port to Port (1935). On the 1939 England & Wales Register, she is a schoolteacher in Devon, though she and her husband seem to have retired to Cornwall.

GRAHAM, [MATILDA] WINIFRED [MURIEL] (21 Apr 1873 – 5 Feb 1950)
(married name Cory, aka Winifred Cory)
1890s – 1940s
Prolific author of sensationalistic fiction, some dealing with her interest in spiritualism, some attacking religions she disliked. Titles include When the Birds Begin to Sing (1897), Christian Murderers (1908), Tumbling Out of Windows (1929), and A Spider Never Falls (1944).

GRAND, SARAH (10 Jun 1854 – 12 May 1943)
(pseudonym of Frances Elizabeth Bellenden McFall, née Clarke)
1880s – 1920s
Activist and novelist of social issues, best known for her scandalous bestseller The Heavenly Twins (1893), which initiated the "new woman" novel, and her autobiographical The Beth Book (1897). Other titles are Ideala (1888), Our Manifold Nature (1894), Babs the Impossible (1901), Adam's Orchard (1912), The Winged Victory (1916), and Variety (1922). Mark Twain was apparently not a fan—his copy of The Heavenly Twins contains the handwritten comment "A cat could do better literature than this."

GRANGER, AMY (dates unknown)
1920s - 1940
Untraced author of 20 romance novels, including The Girl in the Pictures (1923), Another Woman's Child (1926), Diamonds for Daisy (1927), The Cast-Aside (1928), Her Masterful Man (1930), The Sham Widow (1931), His Traitor Wife (1933), Their Poor Relation (1936), and It Had to Happen (1940).

Grant, Anthony
          see CAMPBELL, JUDITH

Grant, Carol
                   see COOPER, GWLADYS DOROTHY

Grant, Jane

GRANT, JOAN (12 Apr 1907 – 3 Feb 1989)
(née Marshall, later married names Beatty and Kelsey, aka J. M. Grant)
1930s – 1950s
Author of eight historical novels which featured themes of reincarnation, astral travel, and the occult, and which were noted for their vivid details, which she claimed stemmed from her own past lives. Titles are Winged Pharaoh (1937), Life as Carola (1939), Eyes of Horus (1942), Lord of the Horizon (1943), Scarlet Feather (1945), Return to Elysium (1947), The Laird and the Lady (1949), and So Moses Was Born (1952). She also published two story collections for children, The Scarlet Fish and Other Stories (1942), about ancient Egypt, and Redskin Morning and Other Stories (1944), described as stories about the author in a previous life as an Indian girl, and a travel book, Vague Vacation (1947), as well as a memoir, Time Out of Mind (1956, aka Far Memory). Late in life she published two books for young children—The Monster That Grew Small: An Egyptian Folktale (1987) and The Blue Faience Hippopotamus (1991).

GRANT, KATRIONA (dates unknown)
Untraced author of a single romantic novel, Everybody's Anne (1937).

GRANT, L. (c1882 – ?1 Nov 1938)
(pseudonym of Alicia Eliza Grant, née Salmon)
Author of one novel—Jenny Pilcher (1922), which traces the childhood and young womanhood of a working class London girl with an artistic sensibility—and co-author of several travel books with her husband, Cyril Fletcher Grant, including 'Twixt Sand and Sea: Sketches and Studies in North Africa (1911) and A Chronicle of Rye (1927). She was definitely née Salmon and married Cyril Fletcher Grant in 1909, when he was in his mid-sixties and she was 21. The death date above comes from a possible probate for her, but is not certain.

Grant, Pamela

GRANT, SADI (dates unknown)
1890s – 1910s
Untraced author of eight novels and a story collection, many set in the Far East. Titles are A New Woman Subdued (1898), Trespassers Who Were Prosecuted (1899), Diamanelen and Other Tales (1900), Folly at Cannes (1902), A Japanese House-Party (1904), A Guardsman Japanese (1905), The Second Evil (1906), Lobelia of China (1907), and Plain William (1916).

GRANT, SYBIL [MYRA CAROLINE] (1879 – 25 Feb 1955)
(née Primrose, aka Neil Scot)
1910s – 1920s
Primarily a poet, Grant published an early collection of stories, The Chequer-Board (1912) and one pseudonymous novel, The Riding Light (1926), about which the Spectator said it “makes rather heavy reading and the volume contains almost every known fault of construction.”

GRAVES, CLOTILDE [AUGUSTA INEZ MARY] (3 Jun 1863 – 3 Dec 1932)
(aka Richard Dehan)
1880s – 1930s
Irish actress, poet, playwright and novelist. She grew up at Bullivant Barracks in Cork, where her father was a major, then joined a theatrical troupe and became a successful playwright, with 16 of her plays produced on both sides of the Atlantic. She wrote more than a dozen novels (the earliest appear to be under her own name, while later works were published under her pseudonym), as well as nine collections of stories. Her most famous work was The Dop Doctor (1910), which revolves around the Siege of Mafeking and appears to trade considerably in racial stereotypes on all sides. Her earlier comedy Maids in a Market Garden (1894) is about a group of women setting up a market garden. Other fiction includes The Belle of Rock Harbour (1887), A Well-Meaning Woman (1896), Between Two Thieves (1912), Off Sandy Hook (1915), The Just Steward (1922), The Sower of the Wind (1927), Shallow Seas (1930), and Dead Pearls: A Novel of the Great Wide West (1932).

GRAVESON, CAROLINE C[ASSANDRA]. (16 Jun 1874 – 1958)
1940s – 1950s

Pioneering vice principal of Goldsmiths' College and author, following her retirement, of three novels—Susan and the Witch, or, The Spark of God (1949), The Farthing Family (1950), set in London during the plague and the great fire, and London to Philadelphia (1954), subtitled "The Story of a Quaker Family, 1670-1689".

GRAY, DULCIE (20 Nov 1915 – 15 Nov 2011)
(pseudonym & stage name of Dulcie Winifred Catherine Denison, née Savage)
1950s – 1980s
Veteran actress of stage, television, and film (including the screen version of Dorothy WHIPPLE's They Were Sisters), Gray also wrote more than 20 novels, most of them mysteries characterized, according to one critic, by their "zest and energy." She was reportedly a fan of Agatha Christie, and some of her early works evoke her work. Later books are more psychological in nature, and Gray also published adventure and horror stories. Her titles include Murder on the Stairs (1957), Epitaph for a Dead Actor (1960), Murder on a Saturday (1961), The Devil Wore Scarlet (1964), Died in the Red (1967), The Murder of Love (1967), Understudy to Murder (1972), Stage Door Fright (1977), Butterflies on My Mind (1978), Anna Starr (1984), and (one of my favorite mystery titles) Deadly Lampshade (1971).

Gray, Ellington
          see JACOB, NAOMI

GRAY, EVA (1 Jul 1881 – 25 Jul 1946)
(née Greet)
Author of three children's books—In the Fairy Ring (1935), Rainbow Stories (1936), and The Three Wishes (1938). The last is a school story.

GRAY, FRANCES (19 Oct 1909 – 29 Apr 2003)
(pseudonym of Clara Penistan, née Chapman, later married name Holmes)
1930s – 1940s
Author of two satirical novels. B.U.N.C. (1938) deals with industrial war profiteering: "British and United National Chemicals sell virulent gas to a foreign Power and initiate an advertising campaign at home to sell gas masks and anti-gas to a torpid British Government" (Guardian). Period Piece (1941) is about the leisured classes, "seen with so merciless a comic eye and presented with such diabolical suavity that Period Piece will give sophisticates a couple of hours of pure pleasure" (Observer).

Gray, Harriet
          see ROBINS, DENISE NAOMI

GRAY, LOUISE (14 Oct 1915 – 2005)
(pseudonym of Naomi Louise De Paula, married names Malim, Chandor, and Brooks)
1950s – 1960s
Author of about a dozen romantic novels, including I Too Have Wings (1952), Lonely Journey (1954), The Dark Window (1956), Lavender's Blue (1957), Safety Curtain (1959), Black Magic (1960), and Interlude in Elba (1963).

GRAY, MARY (dates unknown)
Untraced author of a single romantic novel, Her Secret Vow (1930).

GRAY, MAXWELL (1847 – 21 Sept 1923)
(pseudonym of Mary Gleed Tuttiett)
1870s – 1920s
Playwright and author of more than 20 volumes of fiction, most famously The Silence of Dean Maitland (1886), which she also turned into a successful play. Other titles include The Broken Tryst (1879), The Last Sentence (1893), Sweethearts and Friends (1897), Four-Leaved Clover (1901), The Great Refusal (1906), Unconfessed (1911), The World-Mender (1916), A Bit of Blue Stone (1923).

GRAY, ROSEMARY (dates unknown)
1930s – 1940s
Author of two romantic novels, His Mannequin Wife (1932) and The Café Girl (1932), and two school stories (which do not appear to be listed in Sims & Clare?)—The Twins at Tower School (1941) and Decima at Danes Court School (1941). Or these could conceivably be two separate authors, so little is known about her/them.

GRAY, UPTON (15 May 1889 – 21 Mar 1977)
(pseudonym of Gertrude Ethel Hulford)
Author of three novels of country life—Yellow Corn (1926), Heartsease Country (1927), and Down South (1929)—the first two, at least, described as romantic comedies.

GRAYE, ELLICE (dates unknown)
1900s, 1920s – 1930s
Untraced author of more than 20 romantic novels, including Love Turned Traitor (1905), A Dangerous Woman (1906), The Pride of Poverty Hall (1906), Peggy the Spark (1922), The Pursuit of Phyllis (1924), Her Stroke of Luck (1925), The Fascinating Flapper (1926), Bewitched! (1928), Valley of Shadows (1929), and Gloria Gay (1931). During the "down time" between her books of the 1900s and those of the 1920s, she published several serials in the "Girls' Friend Library" series—see

GREEN, ETHEL [VICTORIA] (4 Jul 1908 – 30 Mar 1993)
(pseudonym of Ethel Victoria Green)
Actress, playwright, screenwriter, and author of a single novel, Murder Mistaken (1953), based on her earlier play and later filmed as Cast a Dark Shadow, starring Dirk Bogarde and Margaret Lockwood. The story is about a man who murders his wife for her money, only to find her fortune isn't what he expected, so he goes on the prowl for another victim.

Green, Glint
          see PETERSON, MARGARET

Green, Linda
                   see COOPER, GWLADYS DOROTHY

GREEN, MOLLIE M[????]. (dates unknown)
Untraced author of a single girls' school story, Schoolgirl Janet (1947). The only tidbit of information about her is that she appears to have worked as a librarian.

GREENWOOD, FRANCES (1915 - ????)
(pseudonym of Ivy May Bradley)
Untraced author of one girls' school story, Mary Todd's Last Term (1939), praised by Sims and Clare for the depth of characterization of its rebellious head girl heroine.

GREGORY, CONSTANCE (dates unknown)
Untraced author of a single girls' story, The Castlestone House Company (1918), set during World War I, in which Guides deal with the standard spies and wartime misadventures.

Gregory, Jean
          see URE, JEAN [ANN]

GRESSWELL, ELISE (ELIZABETH) KAY (23 Aug 1877 – 18 Mar 1944)
(née Kay)
Author of one novel, When Yvonne Was Dictator (1935), a utopian novel about a future Britain under the control of an 18-year-old, much concerned with overpopulation, healthcare, and feminism. Gresswell apparently served as a magistrate in Southport.

GRETTON, MARY [GERTRUDE] (1 May 1871 – 15 Aug 1961)
(née Sturge, real name May, evolved into Mary)
Historian and biographer of George Meredith and John Constable, and author of a single novel, Crumplin' (1932), apparently a mystery set in the time of Richard III.

Grey, Brenda

GREY, JANET (dates unknown)
(pseudonym of Daisy White)
Untraced author of a sequence of four girls' school stories set at St. Ursula's School, including The Advent of Anne (1941), The Concerns of Cecily (1947), The Sixth Form Pantomime (1949), and Lucille—House Captain (1950). The real name "Daisy White" comes from Sims & Clare, who note that the author was likely in broadcasting, but interestingly, John Herrington discovered that journalist Esmé Beryl Kitcat (née Zelger) (1913-2004) used the name "Janet Grey" for some of her articles in the 1940s, as well as for some novelizations in the 1960s. We found nothing to link her to the girls' stories, however.

GREY, JUDITH (dates unknown)
Untraced author of three linked tales—Christmas Term at Chillinghurst (1942), That Dramatic Term! (1946), and Summer Term at Chillinghurst (1947)—set during the revamping of a bad school. She also wrote a stand-alone school story, Duchess in Disguise (1943), and one non-school story, Steps in the Dark (1949).

GREY, ROWLAND (1863 – 7 Sept 1959)
(pseudonym of Lilian Kate Rowland-Brown)
1880s – 1910s
Journalist and author of a dozen volumes of fiction, which OCEF calls "anodyne romances." Titles include In Sunny Switzerland (1884), By Virtue of His Office (1888), The Power of the Dog (1896), The Unexpected (1902), Green Cliffs (1905), Surrender (1909), and La Belle Alliance (1915), after which she seems to have stopped publishing.

GRIER, SYDNEY CARLYON (30 Jun 1868 – 22 Jun 1933)
(pseudonym of Hilda Caroline Gregg)
1890s – 1920s
Teacher and novelist whose work was often set in India (though it seems unclear when—or if?—she lived there). Titles include An Uncrowned King (1896), Like Another Helen (1899), The Heir (1906), The Power of the Keys (1907), The Kingdom of Waste Lands (1917), Berringer of Bandeir (1919), and A Brother of Girls (1925).

GRIERSON, LINDEN (14 Sept 1914 – 1987)
(pseudonym of Monica Linden Grierson, née Corps)
1950s – 1970s

Author of more than 20 romantic novels, including The Bond Between (1950), Rising River (1954), The Whisper of the Night Winds (1955), Peppertree Lane (1956), The Senorita Penny (1959), The Adventuresome Spirit (1962), Wild Harvest (1966), and Down by the Riverside (1974). Some of these may have Australian settings, as Grierson lived there for much of her adult life. She was born and died in Yorkshire, but her family went to Australia when she was about 12.

GRIFFIN, [EDITHA] ACEITUNA (12 Jul 1876 – 10 Jun 1949)
(née Thurlow)
1900s – 1930s
Author of 13 novels, among them several mysteries. OCEF calls her first two books—Lady Sarah's Deed of Gift (1906) and The Tavistocks (1908)—"commonplace romances." At least one of her mysteries, The Punt Murder (1936), was reprinted in the 2000s. Her other titles are Mrs. Vannock (1907), Pearl and Plain (1927), Amber and Jade (1928), Genesta (1930), Conscience (1931), Delia’s Dilemma (1934), Motive for Murder (1935, co-written with her daughter, Joy GRIFFIN), Commandments Six and Eight (1936), Sweets and Sinners (1937), and “Where There Is a Will…”.

GRIFFIN, [URSULA MARY] JOY (23 May 1913 – 4 Dec 1973)
Daughter of Aceituna GRIFFIN, and co-author with her of a single mystery, Motive for Murder (1935).

GRIFFITHS, HELEN (8 May 1939 -              )
(married name Santos, aka Helen Santos)
1950s – 1980s
Author of more than 20 children's titles, including a number of pony and other animal stories, as well as a single adult novel, The Dark Swallows (1966), about an ill-fated romance during the Spanish Civil War. Two of her children's titles, The Last Summer (1979) and Dancing Horses (1981), are also set immediately before and during the civil war, and focus on a bull-fighting horse and her colt. Other titles include Horse in the Clouds (1957), Wild and Free (1958), Africano (1961), The Greyhound (1964), Stallion of the Sands (1968), Russian Blue (1973), The Kershaw Dogs (1978), and Hari's Pigeon (1982). More detail about her horse stories can be found here. Griffiths grew up in the U.K. but married a Spaniard and thereafter lived in Spain.

GRIFFITHS, MARGARET W[RIGHT]. (6 May 1873 - 1961)
(tentative but probable identification)
1930s – 1940s
Author of nine adventure-oriented school and holiday stories, including A Queer Holiday (1936), J.P. of the Fifth (1937), The House on the Fjord (1939), The Eye of Dalarna (1941), Hazel in Uniform (1945), Wild Eagle's Necklace (1945), apparently set in Canada, Elizabeth at Grayling Court (1947), Jewel of Danger (1947), and The Blue Mascot (1949). If our identification is correct, she was also the author of The "Key" Method of Teaching Reading (1930).

GRIGS, [ETHEL] MARY (18 Apr 1903 – 16 Feb 1951)
(aka Mary Day)
Children's author, novelist, and columnist for The Farmer's Weekly. Bookman praised her debut novel, Bid Her Awake (1930), about two sisters. I wrote briefly about it here. It was followed by four more adult novels—The Almond Tree (1931), Visitors for Miss Howard (1932), Journey by Candlelight (1936), and Call for a Crooner (1940)—and two children's titles, The Yellow Cat (1936) and Animal Joe (1939). A collection of her Farmer's Weekly columns (under the name Mary Day) appeared posthumously as Mary Day's Book (1952).

GRIMSHAW, BEATRICE [ETHEL] (3 Feb 1870 – 30 Jun 1953)
1900s - 1940
Travel writer and novelist. One of the earliest women to travel extensively in the South Seas, she wrote of her experiences in works like From Fiji to the Cannibal Islands (1907). She also wrote novels set in these locales. Fiction includes Vaiti of the Islands (1906), When the Red Gods Call (1911), A Coral Queen (1917), My South Sea Sweetheart (1921), The Sands of Oro (1924), Wreck of the Redwing (1927), My Lady Far Away (1929), The Mystery of Tumbling Reef (1932), Victorian Family Robinson (1934), and South Sea Sarah and Murder in Paradise: Two Complete Novels (1940).

GRIMSTEAD, HETTIE (HARRIET) (4 May 1903 – 12 Jul 1986)
(aka Marsha Manning)
1950s – 1970s
Author of more than 70 romance novels. After one early novel, Painted Virgin (1931), she fell silent for nearly 20 years, returning with The Journey Home (1950). Other titles include The Passionate Summer (1953), The Reluctant Bride (1957), Dream Street (1959), Magic of the Moon (1961), When April Sings (1964), Lover Come Lonely (1965), Orchids for the Bride (1967), Roses for Breakfast (1970), Sister Rose's Holiday (1975), and The Passionate Rivals (1978).

Groom, C.
          see GROOM,

GROOM, KATHLEEN [CLARICE LOUISE] (11 Mar 1872 – 29 Apr 1954)
(née Cornwell, earlier married names Klein and Dealtry, aka Kit Dealtry, aka C. Groom, aka Mrs. Sydney Groom)
1910s – 1950s
Author of at least a dozen novels, some of them mysteries. Titles include Ill-Gotten Gain (1909), Shadows of Desires (1918), The Mystery of Mr. Bernard Brown (1920), Detective Sylvia Shale (1924), The Folly of Fear (1947), Phantom Fortune (1948), and The Recoil (1952). There is an odd gap in her output from 1924 until 1947—one wonders if there's another pseudonym that hasn't yet come to light.

GROOM, OLIVE L[ILIAN]. (14 Nov 1920 – 6 Feb 2006)
(née Weller, aka Olive Lindsey)
1940s – 1990s
Author of more than 30 volumes of fiction, including several school stories influenced, according to Sims and Clare, by Elinor BRENT-DYER, other children's titles, and more than a dozen pseudonymous romance novels. Her school stories include The School of False Echoes (1947), Holly of Swanhouse (1949), Ray's First Term (1951), Roxbrunn Finds the Way (1954), and Avril in the Alps (1955). Among her romance titles as Olive Lindsey are When the Dream Is Past (1978), September Spring (1982), Shadows on the Snow (1987), and Never Go Back (1991).

Groom, Mrs. Sydney
          see GROOM,

GROSE, [FLORENCE LOUISA] HELENA (4 Dec 1901 – 11 Sept 1986)
(née Clapshaw, later married name Morrell)
1930s – 1960s
Author of more than 40 romantic novels for Mills & Boon and, later, for Collins. Titles include Bachelor's Wife: The Story of an Unconventional Honeymoon (1930), The Stork Called Twice (1931), They Meant to Marry (1934), Gay Bachelor (1936), Two Were Foolish (1940), Lovebound (1948), Wedding Shoes (1952), and The Sin of Eden (1961).

Groves, Georgina
          see SYMONS, GERALDINE

GUEST, [MURIEL ETHEL] CARMEL HADEN (16 May 1881 – 20 Feb 1943)
(née Goldsmid)
1910s – 1940s
Children's writer and author of six novels. The Yellow Pigeon (1928) is about relief workers, nurses, and other women in Belgium during World War I—I reviewed it
here. Scent of Magnolia (1934) is, according to Bookman, "a thoughtful study of a special case—that of a sensitive child of an Anglo-Argentine marriage." Her other novels are Children of the Fog: A Novel of Southwark (1927), Little Mascot (1936), Give Us Conflict (1937), and Punch's Boy: A Romance of the Nineteenth Century (1942). She is the grandmother of screenwriter/director/actor Christopher Haden-Guest, who drops the "Haden" for career purposes.

GUITON, HELEN [ELIZA] (10 May 1894 – 11 Oct 1978)
Author of a single novel, A Country Lover (1948), set in a French-Canadian settlement and about "a dreamer who yet had to play out his role of farmer; of his widowed mother, and of his young bride from far away Quebec, beautiful indeed, but unfit for the type of life the wives of these Lauretian farmers had to live." Guiton might better fit a Canadian version of this list, but she was born on the Channel Island of Jersey and was still living there with her family in 1901. At some point thereafter, the entire family emigrated (or possibly returned, as her parents may have been French Canadian), and Guiton remained there the rest of her life.

GWYNN, URSULA [GRACE] (7 Mar 1886 – 12 Jan 1969)
(née Leigh, aka Ursula Leigh)
1920s – 1930s
Author of six novels, two—Chinook (1932) and Give Me My Robe (1934)—under her pseudonym, and four more more—The Green Hill (1928), The Four Miss Ramsays (1932), The Purple Shawl (1932), and If This Be Love (1934)—using her real name. I have no details, but The Four Miss Ramsays was apparently successful enough to warrant an abridged reprint in 1944.

GYNNE, G. M. (dates unknown)
Unidentified author of a single novel, I Defend (1932), set in India and possibly combining romance and crime.


HADDOCK, SYBIL [FERN] (10 Oct 1887 – 16 May 1979)
(née Nume, aka Margaret Harwood)
Author of three children's titles, including Vera the Vet (1940), That Orfull Girl (1943, later reprinted as Nancy Takes a Hand), and That Orfull Family (1944, later reprinted as Nancy Runs the Show). Her Harwood pseudonym was used for a column in the Methodist Recorder and for several short plays for amateur production. Thank you to David Redd for sharing his discoveries about Haddock.

HAGAN, STELLA FITZTHOMAS (26 Jul 1908 – 23 Mar 1993)
(pseudonym/adopted name of Stella Mary Jackson)
Author of a single novel, The Green Cravat (1959), set in the late 1700s and featuring Lord Edward Fitzgerald, an aristocrat who supported independence for Ireland. English by birth but a passionate Hibernophile by adoption, Hagan was the daughter of T. A. (Thomas Alfred) Jackson, a founding member of the British Communist Party. There is no record of a marriage that would explain Stella's name change, but it seems to have been a bit more than a pseudonym, as official records from later in her life record it as her name.

Hagon, Priscilla
          see ALLAN, MABEL ESTHER

HAIME, AGNES I[RVINE]. C[ONSTANCE]. (29 Oct 1884 – 21 Mar 1986)
(née Adams)
Poet and author of two short works of fiction—The Pencil Falls and Other Stories (1942) and Red Earth (1945).

HALDANE, CHARLOTTE (27 Apr 1894 – 16 Mar 1969)
(née Franken, earlier married name Burghes)
1920s – 1950s
Novelist, playwright, biographer, and author of controversial political works. Her dystopian debut novel, Man's World (1926), was reportedly one of the sources of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. According to ODNB, in Brother to Bert (1930) and I Bring Not Peace (1932) Haldane "turned the novelist Malcolm Lowry into her protagonist." Other fiction includes Youth is a Crime (1934), The Shadow of a Dream (1952), and Fifi and Antoine (1956). Haldane was a war correspondent for The Daily Sketch during World War II, and wrote of her experiences in Russian Newsreel (1942), an account of her 1941 trip to the wartime Soviet Union, and Truth Will Out (1949), her memoir.

HALE, MARGARET (11 Jun 1925 -                     )
(married name Bousfield)
Author of a single girls' school story, Last Term at St. Andrew's (1953). [Special thanks to Gordon Jones, Margaret Hale's own doctor, who emailed me—with Margaret's permission—to provide her date of birth and married name.]

HALES, A[DA]. M[ATILDA]. M[ARY]. (24 Dec 1878 – 27 Apr 1957)
1910s – 1930s
Author of three novels—Leslie (1913), The Puritan's Progress (1920), and The Hamlet on the Hill (1927)—as well as one children's title, The Story of Ben-Ban, Siamese Cat (1934).

HALES, MOLLIE [KATE EMILY] CARPENTER (17 Jul 1911 – 30 Jun 1973)
(married name Lee, aka Mollie Hales)
1930s – 1960s
Author of four novels—The Cat and the Medal (1938), an allegorical tale of a man who loses his prized kitten and his medal from the Crimean War, and three postwar novels, A Debt (1949), Home for a Night (1951), and So Many Zeros (1961), which may steer toward melodrama. For some reason, the first was published as "Mollie Carpenter Hales," the others only as "Mollie Hales." Under her married name, she became a well-known BBC radio presenter, and was featured on Desert Island Discs in 1971.

HALL, AYLMER (24 Apr 1914 – 14 Jun 1987)
(pseudonym of Norah Eleanor Lyle Hall, née Cummins)
1950s - 1970
Author of ten children's books, most of them historical. The Devilish Plot (1965) is set in Napoleonic England, and later titles such as The Marked Man (1967), Colonel Bull's Inheritance (1968), Beware of Moonlight (1969), and The Minstrel Boy (1970), are set in historical Ireland. The Mystery of Torland Manor (1952) and The K. F. Conspiracy (1955) appear to have contemporary settings. The others are The Admiral's Secret (1953), The Sword of Glendower (1960), and The Tyrant King (1967).

HALL, [CONSTANT] BARBARA (1 Jan 1899 – 2 Feb 1987)
1930s – 1950s
Not to be confused with a well-known crossword puzzle creator of the same name. Author of four novels, probably romantic in theme—April Year (1934), Last Flight (1935), Beguile My Heart (1951), and Desperate Felicity (1954).

Hall, Julia

1920s – 1930s
Poet and novelist best known for The Well of Loneliness (1928), one of the earliest novels to sympathetically portray a lesbian woman (or, according to some modern critics, a transgender male), which was the object of a famous obscenity trial. She published six other novels—The Forge (1924), The Unlit Lamp (1924), A Saturday Life (1925), Adam's Breed (1926), The Master of the House (1932), and The Sixth Beatitude (1936)—and one story collection, Miss Ogilvie Finds Herself (1934). Hall was an early advocate for gay and lesbian rights and lived openly with her partner, sculptor and translator Una Troubridge. The pair was famously portrayed in Djuna Barnes's satire of the lesbian community in Paris, Ladies Almanack (1928). 

Hallsmith, Elspeth
          see SMITH, EMMA

Halys, Nevin
          see AGNEW, GEORGETTE

Hambledon, Phyllis
          see MACVEAN, PHYLLIS

HAMEL, FRANK (1870 – 28 Mar 1957)
(pseudonym of Florence Hamel)
1910s – 1920s
Beginning her career as a biographer of prominent French figures including Fontaine, Agnes Sorel, and the French Queens, Hamel later wrote three novels, including the supernaturally themed Tiger-Wolves (1916), The Luminous Pearl (1919), and Trust to Boyd (1929). For many years, she ran the successful publishing house Grafton Co.

HAMILTON, CATHARINE J[ANE]. (1841 – 28 Feb 1935)
1880s – 1920s
Poet, children's writer, and novelist whose works were often set in Ireland. Titles include The Flynns of Flynnville (1880), Rivals at School (1888), A Battle with the Waves (1890), The Merry-Go-Round (1894), Luck of the Kavanaghs (1910), and Rupert's Wife (1922). She also wrote biographical sketches in Women Writers: Their Works and Ways (1892-93).

HAMILTON, [MARY] CICELY (15 Jun 1872 – 5 Dec 1952)
(née Hammill)
1900s – 1930s
Playwright, suffragette, and novelist. She wrote more than 20 plays, including most famously Diana of Dobson's (1908) and the one act How the Vote was Won (1910), a retelling of Lysistrata through the lens of women's rights, co-written with her friend Christabel MARSHALL. She published six novels—Diana of Dobson's (1908), Just To Get Married (1911), A Matter of Money (1916, based on her play The Cutting Knot), William: An Englishman (1919), Theodore Savage (1922), and Full Stop (1931). William, about an English couple on honeymoon in Belgium who find their bliss turned to horror as World War I begins and they are trapped in the German invasion, was the first Persephone Books reprint. Theodore Savage is a dystopia about the end of civilization ("amended and remodelled" edition published as Lest Ye Die in 1928), while Full Stop is an experimental novel featuring only one character. She also published the non-fiction Senlis (1917), about a French town brutalized by the Germans. In the 1930s, she wrote a series of European travel books beginning with Modern Germany as Seen by an Englishwoman (1931). Her memoir is Life Errant (1935).

HAMILTON, ELAINE (c1882 – 15 Sept 1967)
(married name Holt)
Author of nine mysteries in only seven years, after which she fell silent. Titles are Some Unknown Hand (1930, aka The Westminster Mystery), Murder in the Fog (1931), The Green Death (1932), The Chelsea Mystery (1932), The Silent Bell (1933), Peril at Midnight (1934), Tragedy in the Dark (1935), The Casino Mystery (1936), and Murder Before Tuesday (1937). Some or all of her novels featured Inspector Thomas Reynolds, and some of the books have been released as e-books.

HAMILTON, HELEN (1879 - 12 Nov 1926)
(pseudonym of Constance Maud Campbell)
1910s – 1920s
Teacher, poet, playwright, journalist, early feminist, and author of two novels under her pseudonym. My Husband Still (1914), purportedly based on the experience of an actual acquaintance of Campbell's and featuring an introduction by John Galsworthy, told of an unhappily married, working class woman and advocated for making divorce more accessible. The Iconoclast (1917) is about a schoolmistress whose horizons are expanded by reading a magazine advocating free love and who subsequently contemplates an affair with a young vegetarian. Great Meddow (1924) is a series of humorous sketches, some previously published in periodicals, about life in a village in South England. She published two volumes of satirical verse, The Compleat Schoolmarm (1917), about women's education, and Napoo! A Book of War Bêtes-Noires (1918), about attitudes toward World War I. Campbell was also a keen rock climber and wrote wryly in Mountain Madness (1922) about her experiences climbing in the Alps. Under her real name, Campbell wrote a number of plays, including One of the Old Guard (1914), about women's suffrage. Campbell is not to be confused (as I did until recently) with an Aberdeen poet named Helen Hamilton (1864-1937), who published two volumes of religious and inspirational poetry (1924 & 1932). Some of Campbell's papers are held by the British Museum and make clear her authorship of the other works. [Special thanks to Chrissy Giles at Kent University for sharing her research into Hamilton/Campbell's life and work.]

HAMILTON, HENRIETTA (20 May 1920 – 19 Jun 1995)
(pseudonym of Hester Denne Shepherd)
1950s - 1960s

Mystery writer who published four novels in her lifetime—The Two Hundred Ghost (1956), Death at One Blow (1957), At Night to Die (1959), and Answer in the Negative (1959). Although she stopped publishing thereafter, according to her reprint publisher Agora Books, she wrote thirteen additional novels, the last written in about the mid-1960s. Agora (see here) plan to reprint many of these, and the first to appear was The Man Who Wasn't There (2021).

Hamilton, Hervey
          see ROBINS, DENISE NAOMI

HAMILTON, M. (11 Apr 1869 – 9 Aug 1949)
(pseudonym of Mary Spotswood Ash, married name Luck)
1890s – 1920s
Author of 18 novels that OCEF calls "underrated," some set in Ireland, some in India. Cut Laurels (1905) is about a woman adapting to the return of her husband after an 18 year absence. The others are A Self-Denying Ordinance (1895), McLeod of the Camerons (1896), Across an Ulster Bog (1896), The Freedom of Henry Meredyth (1897), The Dishonour of Frank Scott (1900), Poor Elisabeth (1901), Beyond the Boundary (1902), On an Ulster Farm (1905), The First Claim (1906), Mrs. Brett (1913), The Woman Who Looked Back (1914), The General's Wife (1916), The Locust's Years (1919), Anne Against the World (1922), The Detached Marriage (1923), The Alien Child (1924), and The Breakaway (1928).

HAMILTON, MARGARET (dates unknown)
Unidentified Scottish author of a single novel, Bull's Penny (1950), set in the Firth of Clyde. An enlightening review in the Aberdeen Press and Journal notes: "Some readers may consider much of it to be nauseous, others, less squeamish, may well be fasacinated by the grimness and vividness with which a broken old man is made to tell how, throughout life, he has either been denied everything that he most wanted, or has failed to measure up to his chances and thrown them away." The same review describes Hamilton as "a Local Government officer in Glasgow", but without more details it has been impossible to trace her.

HAMILTON, MARY AGNES (8 Jul 1884 – 10 Feb 1962)
(née Adamson, aka Iconoclast)
1910s – 1930s
One of the first women elected to the House of Commons, Hamilton was a significant political force for many years, and later a successful civil servant. She was also a translator (from German) and author of nearly a dozen novels. Virginia WOOLF wrote dismissively about her in her diaries: "The truth is that Molly Hamilton with all her ability to think like a man, & her strong and serviceable mind, & her independent self-respecting life is not a writer." Nevertheless, she received some acclaim for Dead Yesterday (1916), which focused on intellectuals and pacifism during World War I. Much criticism of her work suggests that it's of journalistic value if not literary value. Other novels include Less than the Dust (1912), Yes (1914), Full Circle (1919), The Last Fortnight (1920), Follow My Leader (1922), Folly's Handbook (1927), Special Providence (1930), Three Against Fate (1930), and Life Sentence (1935). She also published one mystery, Murder in the House of Commons (1931). She used her pseudonym for several non-fiction works in the 1920s. Later in life she published two memoirs, Remembering My Good Friends (1944) and Uphill All the Way (1953), the latter, according to her ODNB entry, "an account of the achievements of a remarkable career woman and a study of her changing political and spiritual beliefs."

Hamilton, Mollie
          see KAYE,

Hamilton, Pamela

HAMPTON, MADGE (dates unknown)
Untraced author of two romantic novels—Playing a Part (1924) and The Taming of Betty (1925).


HANN, DOROTHY (4 Aug 1883 – 18 May 1963)
(née Owen, aka Mrs. A[rchie]. C[ecil]. Osborne Hann, second married name Sutherland)
1920s - 1960
Author of several dozen works of children's fiction, often "semi-evangelistic," according to Sims and Clare, and many about camping or Brownies. She published two girls' school stories, Jane's First Term (1944) and Chris at Boarding School (1946). Other titles include Peg's Patrol (1924), Rhoda the Rebel (1925), All About Brownie (1928), June Runs the Company (1932), Lieutenant (1935), The Torchbearer (1938), Follow My Leader (1939), Chris at Boarding School (1946), 'Horrible' Harriet (1949), Five in a Family (1951), Vicky at the Vicarage (1953), The Pluck of the Coward (1955), and Rosemary the Rebel (1955).

HANSON, NELL (ELLEN) [HUSTON] (15 Nov 1890 – 27 Mar 1942)
Author of a single novel, Winds of Pity (1935), about a troubled marriage between the son of an Irish minister and a woman from London. A review notes that Hanson was the daughter of the Rev. Dr. George Hanson, "who was so outstanding a figure in Northern Ireland Presbyterianism."

HANSHEW, HAZEL P[HILLIPS]. (20 Apr 1889 – 7 Aug 1966)
(married name Hackney, aka Anna Kingsley)
1910s - 1930s
Daughter of mystery and adventure authors Thomas W. Hanshew and Mary E. Henshew. In addition to publishing three novels of her own—The Riddle of the Winged Death (1931), Murder in the Hotel (1932), and, under her pseudonym, The Valiant Pilgrim (1933)—she is credited by the British Library with authoring or co-authoring (with her mother) several titles in the 1910s and 1920s which were apparently first published as by her father. Hanshew is sometimes considered an American author as her parents were American, but they moved to England early in her childhood and she remained there most of her life.

HARDING, D[OLORES]. C[HARLOTTE]. F[REDERICA]. (5 Apr 1888 – 23 Mar 1945)
(real first name Dorothy, née Hollender, later married name Alexander)
1910s – 1940s
Author of a dozen novels, but information about them is scarce. Titles are The Great Experiment (1911), Affairs of Men (1912), Oranges and Lemons (1916), Within the Gates (1921), The Family Coach (1927), The Common Round (1928), Daughters of Lear (1929), Dark Halo (1933), The Pendleton Fortune (1937), Peculiar Triumph (1942), Pendleton Harvest (1944), and The Twinkling of an Eye (1945).

HARDING, [MARY] JANE [L. S.] (1889 - ????)
1910s – 1920s
Author of three novels—The Puppet (1917), Margaret's Mead (1921), and The House of Memory (1923). The second of these, at least, seems to be romantic in themes.

HARDY, BLANCHE C[HRISTABEL]. (1873 – 25 Mar 1945)
1890s, 1920s
Poet, biographer, and author of five novels—The Adventures of Caradoc ap Alen, Cymru Soldier: A Tale of Wales in the Days of King Arthur (1899), Dynasty (1925), Sanctuary (1925), The Girl in the Scarlet Gown (1927), and Torquess (1929).

HARDY, DOROTHY M[AY]. (dates unknown)
Untraced author of one girls' school story, Christabel at Cleve (1951), and a non-school sequel, Christabel's Cornish Adventure (1954).

HARDY, FLORENCE E[MILY]. (12 Jan 1879 – 17 Oct 1937)
(née Dugdale)
1900s – 1910s
Second wife of Thomas Hardy and author of several children's titles, including Tim's Sister (1907), Nurse Jane! (1907), and In Lucy's Garden (1912). Her 2-volume biography of Hardy appeared in 1928 and 1930, and was reprinted in 1962 as The Life of Thomas Hardy, 1840-1928.

HARDY, IZA DUFFUS (1850 – 30 Aug 1922)
1870s - 1910
Daughter of archivist and antiquary Sir Thomas Duffus Hardy and author of more than two dozen novels which OCEF describe as "unpretentious, well-crafted, rather predictable." These include Not Easily Jealous (1872), Love, Honour, and Obey (1881), The Love That He Passed By (1884), The Westthorpe Mystery (1886), A New Othello (1890), The Lesser Evil (1901), A Butterfly: Her Friends and Her Fortunes (1903), A Trap of Fate (1906), The Mystery of a Moonlight Tryst (1908), The Silent Watchers (1910).

HARDY, JOAN (dates unknown)
Untraced author of three romantic tales, A Desperate Remedy (1921), A Welsh Cinderella (1924), and The Girl at the Corner (1930).

HARDY, MARY [SOPHIA] (28 Jun 1865 – 15 Mar 1952)
(née Evans)
Author of two novels—Grounds for Divorce (1924) and Doctor Mingay's Wife (1930)—which seem to veer toward the melodramatic. She also wrote an essay collection, The Embroidery of Quiet (1919), and what seems to be a memoir, Letters of a Grass Widow (1916).

HARE, MARTIN (1905 – 10 Mar 1968)
(pseudonym of Lucy Zoe Girling, married name Zajdler)
Author of seven novels. According to Bookman, her debut, Butler's Gift (1932), is "about a Liverpool bank clerk who, apprehensive about inheriting an estate, goes to learn how to be a squire in a haphazard family of Irish cousins whom he has never seen. There are suitable actions and reactions." Her final novel, Polonaise (1939), is about English children adapting to a new life in Poland. This was presumably based on her own adjustments after marrying a Polish man and living in Warsaw. Her other novels are Describe a Circle (1933, published in the US as The Enchanted Winter), If This Be Error (1934), The Diary of a Pensionnaire (1935), A Mirror for Skylarks (1936), and English Rue (1938). She published two anonymous books about the fate of Poland during World War II, My Name Is Million (1940) and The Dark Side of the Moon (1946), for which no lesser figure than T. S. Eliot wrote a preface. Apparently these appeared anonymously because she had family members still living in Poland and was worried about possible reprisals. I reviewed Pensionnaire

(married name Capstick)
1950s - 1970s
Author of a dozen novels, some with West Indies and African settings. She grew up in England and Jamaica, and later lived in Sierra Leone where her husband was a civil servant. Her final book, The Fair Green Weed (1972), seems to be a thriller. Other titles include Green Felicity (1951), Sea Change (1953), Handful of Silver (1954), Summer Every Day (1957), The Ever-Fixed Mark (1959), The Short Weeks of Summer (1962), and The Sound of Voices (1968).

Hargrave, Abbie

(married name Zielinska)
Author of a single novel, For Hope Remains (1949), set in Poland at the end of World War I, about a young student caught in a "maelstrom of personal and patriotic emotions" in "a dark and sinister house against the Carpathian Hills, a place of tattered and broken grandeur, peopled with strange characters." Harington had spent time in Poland herself and married a Pole in 1948.

HARKER, L[IZZIE]. ALLEN (1863 – 21 Apr 1933)
(née Watson)
1900s – 1920s
Author of more than a dozen novels, most famously Miss Esperance and Mr Wycherly (1908), described by OCEF as "the story of a Scots household consisting of an elderly lady and a reformed alcoholic, which is disrupted when two small boys come to live there. Far more sentimental than Cranford." Mr Wycherley's Wards (1912) is presumably a sequel. Other titles include A Romance of the Nursery (1903), Master and Maid (1910), The Ffolliots of Redmarley (1913), Jan and Her Job (1917), Allegra (1919), The Broken Bow (1924), Hilda Ware (1926), and Black Jack House (1929).

HARLAND, ELIZABETH M. (11 Mar 1904 – 15 Jun 1977)
(pseudonym of Margaret Fanny Sayers, married names Garland and Pickering)
1930s – 1950s
Author of eight novels, many dealing with rural life. Farmer's Girl (1942) deals with a Londoner's experience as a Land Girl. The others are The Houses in Between (1936), Be It as You Wish (1939), Two Ears of Corn (1943), Well Fare the Plough (1946), A Path Is There (1948), set on a Norfolk farm just after the war, Our Hearts We Give (1950), and Wheelbarrow Farm (1954). Her postwar diaries, No Halt at Sunset: The Diary of a Country Housewife, were published in 1974.

HARNETT, CYNTHIA [MARY] (22 Jun 1893 – 25 Oct 1981)
1940s – 1970s
Illustrator and author of more than 20 books for children. Early titles, such as Junk, the Puppy (1937) and Ducks and Drakes (1942), were for younger children, but beginning with The Great House (1949), about architecture in the 17th century, she focused on historical fiction for older readers, known for its accurate detail and strong characterization. Others include the Carnegie-winning The Wool-Pack (1951), which makes vivid use of the Cotswolds wool trade of the 15th century, Ring Out, Bow Bells! (1953), Stars of Fortune (1956), The Load of Unicorn (1959), and The Writing on the Hearth (1971).

HARRADEN, BEATRICE (24 Jan 1864 – 5 May 1936)
1890s – 1920s
Important suffrage activist and novelist, known for her strong female protagonists. Her early bestseller Ships that Pass in the Night (1893) coined that expression. Other works include Hilda Strafford (1897), Katherine Frensham (1903), The Scholar's Daughter (1906), Lady Geraldine's Speech (1911), The Growing Thread (1916) Where Your Treasure Is (1918), dealing with World War I, Patuffa (1923), Rachel (1926), about a woman who leaves her husband and child for adventures with another man, only to have the man die, and Search Will Find It Out (1928).

HARRINGTON, ELIZABETH (1884 – 19 Jul 1925)
(pseudonym of Minnie Elizabeth Farmer)
Author of a single novel, Paul Raymond, Revolutionist (1921), which was dedicated to the "children of the underworld," but about which little other information is available. For sad and morbid reasons, more information is available online about the author herself, since she drowned herself in a reservoir in South Derbyshire, which some locals believe is haunted. There's a Facebook page
here with additional details from her great-nephew. She was a former schoolmistress and had attended conferences abroad with the Women's International League. She had also, according to her nephew, been present when her school was bombed by the Germans during World War I and a number of small children were killed, an experience which haunted her. Presumably, the school was the one described here.

HARRIOT, ESLIE (dates unknown)
Unidentified author of a single novel, The Garden of Dreams (1941), set in England and Italy. Apart from an ad for the novel in the Observer and its listing in the British Library, both showing the same unusual name, we could find no trace of the author or the book.

HARRIS, CATHERINE ANNE (dates unknown)
1950s – 1960s
Unidentified author of seven works of children's fiction, all with pony themes. Titles are We Started a Riding Club (1954), They Rescued a Pony (1956), The Ponies of Cuckoo Mill Farm (1958), Riding for Random (1960), If Wishes Were Horses (1961), To Horse and Away (1962), and The Heronsbrook Gymkhana (1964). Jane Badger Books has an entry for her
here. She also published one non-fiction work, Practical Pony Keeping (1962). She may be the Catherine A. Harris born 1936 in Worcestershire, which fits with reviews of her first book which state she was only 18 at the time, but proof has been difficult to find.

HARRIS, ELIZABETH [JANE] COOMBE (17 Apr 1873 – 30 Sept 1957)
1930s - 1950s
Author of more than three dozen books including children's fiction, novels, and other Christian-themed writings. Titles include Concerning Jennifer, or, Satisfied at Last (1931), Norah: A Girl of Grit (1932), Behind Convent Walls (1934), A Tudor Heroine (1935), In the Grip of the Druids (1937), The Grey Nun (1939), In the Days of King Alfred (1948), The Better Way: The Story of a Jewish Home in the First Century (1949), That Wonderful Holiday (1951), Lesley's Adventures (1955), and Desmond of Redacres (1958).

HARRIS, FRANCES [MARY PATON] (1899 – 17 Aug 1966)
(married name Hankey)
1930s – 1940s
Author of four novels which appear to be family comedy-dramas with some romantic elements. Fain Would I Change (1937) is about a family with two grown daughters, coping with the girls' romances, a cousin's elopement, and the mother's empty nest syndrome. The Sydney Morning Herald said: "[Harris] writes in the Jane Austen tradition, with sympathy and insight, and a shrewd sense of humour in regard to human weaknesses which enlivens the pages and often brilliantly illuminates her studies." Her fourth novel, June to September (1941), is set among French, English, and Russian residents of a village in the South of France on the cusp of World War II—the Guardian called it "a simple, delightful book." Her other titles are Villa Victoria (1938) and In Sleep a King (1939). Harris was married to Cyril Patrick Hankey, a Dean of Ely.

HARRIS, MARY K[ATHLEEN] (22 Sept 1905 – 2 Jun 1966)
1940s – 1960s
Author of more than a dozen volumes of fiction, most for children, including several school-related tales—Gretel at St. Bride's (1941), a wartime school story in which the title character is a refugee from the Nazis, The Wolf (1946), Henrietta at St Hilary's (1953), Emily and the Headmistress (1958), Seraphina (1960), Penny's Way (1963), The Bus Girls (1965), and Jessica on Her Own (1967). Other children's titles are The Niche over the Door (1948) and A Safe Lodging (1957). Thomas (1956) appears to be for younger children. Harris also published three novels for adults—Fear at My Heart (1951), about a young girl's conversion to Catholicism, My Darling from the Lion's Mouth (1956, aka I Am Julie), and Lucia Wilmot (1959)—as well as two books for children about saints—Elizabeth (1961) and Helena (1964).

HARRIS, [HANNAH] MURIEL (10 Feb 1879 – 1 Jul 1975)
(married name Hueffer)
Sister-in-law of novelist Ford Madox Ford. Author of at least three novels—The Seventh Gate (1930), The Scornful Man (1932), and Probably Stormy (1933), the about a struggling architect whom Norah HOULT, reviewing the book, described as "a completely selfish and indeed silly person."

HARRIS, PAULA [JOSEPHINE] (1929 – 1 Apr 2013)
1950s – 1960s
Author of three music-themed children's titles—Music at Pendragon (1959), Cressida and the Opera (1960), and Star in the Family (1965)—as well as two non-fiction works, Introducing Beethoven (1963) and The Young Gilbert and Sullivan (1965).

HARRIS, ROSEMARY [JEANNE] (20 Feb 1923 – 14 Oct 2019)
1950s – 1990s

Best known for her children's fiction, in particular her trilogy set in ancient Egypt—The Moon in the Cloud (1968), which won that year's Carnegie Medal, The Shadow on the Sun (1970), and The Bright and Morning Star (1972)—Harris also wrote eight novels for adults, including The Summer House (1956), Voyage to Cythera (1958), Venus with Sparrows (1961), All My Enemies (1967), The Nice Girl's Story (1968, aka Nor Evil Dreams), A Wicked Pack of Cards (1969), The Double Snare (1974), and Three Candles for the Dark (1976). She had a varied life, studying art and design, working with the Red Cross in World War II, and subsequently working as a picture restorer, book reviewer, and reader for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Her father was Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris, who achieved considerable prominence leading the RAF in World War II.

(married names Bamborough, Lake, and Stokes)
Born in Paris to British parents, Harrison was primarily known as a journalist but published one novel, The Woman Alone (1914), about a single woman who decides to have a child. OCEF says the "ethical and social difficulties of single parenthood and of marriages where the couple both work are intelligently treated."

Harrod, Frances

HARTE, MARJORIE (10 Sept 1909 – 14 Sept 1989)
(married name McEvoy [British Library has MacEvoy], aka Marjorie McEvoy)
1960s – 1980s
Author of about 40 romantic novels, many with hospital settings and some suspenseful. Titles include A Red, Red Rose (1960), Goodbye, Doctor Garland (1962), Softly Treads Danger (1963), Doctor Mysterious (1965), Brazilian Stardust (1967), Eaglescliffe (1971), Castle Doom (1979), The Sleeping Tiger (1983), and The Black Pearl (1988).

HARTNOLL, PHYLLIS [MAY] (22 Sept 1906 – 8 Jan 1997)
Poet, critic, and theatre historian. She edited The Oxford Companion to the Theatre (1951) and published one short novel, The Grecian Enchanted (1952), which the publisher described as "[a] simple tale, as evanescent as the scent of wild thyme, into which Phyllis Hartnoll wove the mingled ecstasy and heart-break of young lover [sic]..."

HARVEY, CONSTANCE (dates unknown)
1920s – 1930s
Untraced author of ten school stories given mixed reviews by Sims and Clare. Titles are Ups and Downs of School Life (1926), The Head Versus the School (1927), In and Out of Mischief (1927), The Rival Houses (1928), The Girl (1930), Helen Plays the Game (1930), Mistress High and Mighty (1931), Pam Wins Through (1932), Alison—the Sport (1934), and Two Peas in a Pod (1936).

Harvey, Rachel
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HARWOOD, ALICE [MARY] (7 Jul 1909 – 19 Dec 1985)
1930s – 1980s
Author of nine novels, most if not all historical. Titles are The Star of the Greys (1939), She Had to Be Queen (1948), Merchant of the Ruby (1951), The Strangeling (1954), At Heart a King (1957), No Smoke without Fire (1964), The Living Phantom (1973), The Clandestine Queen (1979), and The Uncrowned Queen (1983).

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