Monday, July 29, 2013

The Overwhelming List (H-J)

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

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[Current total: 1,894 writers]

SYBIL [FERN] HADDOCK (1887-1979)
(née Nume, aka Margaret Harwood)
Author of three novels for girls, 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.

Priscilla Hagon
          see MABEL ESTHER ALLAN

(aka Hugh Fleming)
Poet and author of two pseudonymous collections of stories, Candied Fruits (1923) and Octave (1924), about which little information is available.

(née Adams)
Poet and author of two suspiciously short books which might be children's titles or (very) short stories—The Pencil Falls and Other Stories (1942) and Red Earth (1945).

(née Franken, earlier married name Burghes)
Novelist, playwright, biographer, and author of controversial political works; her novel Man's World (1926) was reportedly a source of Huxley's Brave New World; others include Brother to Bert (1930) and I Bring not Peace (1932).

MARGARET HALE (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of a single girls' school story, Last Term at St. Andrew's (1953).

A[DA]. M[ATILDA]. M[ARY]. HALES (1878-1957)
More research needed; author of three novels, including Leslie (1913), The Puritan's Progress (1920), and The Hamlet on the Hill (1927), as well as at least one children's title, The Story of Ben-Ban, Siamese Cat (1934).

(married name Lee, aka Mollie Hales)
Author of four novels—The Cat and the Medal (1938), an allegorical tale of a man who loses his prized kitten and 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.

AYLMER HALL (1914-1987)
(pseudonym of Norah Eleanor Lyle Hall, née Cummins)
Author of ten children's adventures 1952-1970; most are 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.

BARBARA HALL (1899-1987)
(full name Constant Barbara Hall)
Not to be confused with a well-known crossword puzzle creator of the same name; author of four novels 1934-1954, which appear to be romantic in them—April Year (1934), Last Flight (1935), Beguile My Heart (1951), and Desperate Felicity (1954).

Best remembered for The Well of Loneliness (1928), her novel of lesbianism (or possibly transexuality) which was the object of a famous obscenity trial, Hall's other novels include The Forge (1924), A Saturday Life (1925) and Adam's Breed (1926).

Elspeth Hallsmith
          see EMMA SMITH

Nevin Halys
          see GEORGETTE AGNEW

Phyllis Hambledon
          see PHYLLIS MACVEAN

FRANK HAMEL (1870-1957)
(pseudonym of Florence Hamel)
Beginning her career as a biographer of prominent French figures including Fontaine, Agnes Sorel, and the French Queens, Hamel later wrote several novels, including the supernaturally themed Tiger-Wolves (1916), The Luminous Pearl (1919), and Trust to Boyd (1929).

Poet, children's writer, and novelist whose works were often set in Ireland; novels include The Luck of the Kavanaghs (1912), A Regular Little Pickle (1919), and Rupert's Wife (1922); she also wrote biographical sketches in Women Writers: Their Works and Ways (1892-93).

(née Hammill)
Playwright, suffragette and novelist whose work includes How the Vote was Won (1910), a retelling of Lysistrata focused on women's rights; novels include the powerful World War I novel William: An Englishman (1919), reprinted by Persephone, and Theodore Savage (1922), a dystopia.

ELAINE HAMILTON (c1882-1967)
(married name Holt)
Mystery writer of the 1930s whose titles include Some Unknown Hand (1930), Murder in the Fog (1931), The Chelsea Mystery (1932), and Murder Before Tuesday (1937); some (or all?) of her novels featured Inspector Thomas Reynolds; some of her titles have now been released as e-books.

HELEN HAMILTON (????-1937)
Poet, journalist, and novelist, known for The Compleat Schoolmarm (1917), a poem about the education of women; her novels are My Husband Still (1914), about a working class marriage, The Iconoclast (1917), about a schoolteacher's romance, and Mountain Madness (1922).

Hervey Hamilton

M. HAMILTON (1869-1949)
(pseudonym of Mary Spotswood Ash, married name Luck)
Author of 18 novels that OCEF calls "underrated," some set in Ireland, some in India; Cut Laurels (1905), about a woman adapting to the return of her husband after 18 years absence, seems of interest; others include The Locust's Years (1919) and Anne Against the World (1922).

(née Adamson, aka Iconoclast)
One of the first women elected to the House of Commons, Hamilton was also a translator (from German) and novelist; works include Dead Yesterday (1916), about intellectuals during World War I, Full Circle (1919), and Murder in the House of Commons (1931).

Mollie Hamilton
          see M[ARY]. M[ARGARET]. KAYE

Pamela Hamilton

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


IRENE HANDL (1901-1987)
A popular actress whose work includes the television comedy For the Love of Ada, in her mid-sixties Handl turned to fiction and published two acclaimed and darkly funny novels, The Sioux (1965) and The Gold-Tip Pfitzer (1973).

DOROTHY HANN (1883-1963)
(née Owen, aka Mrs. A[rchie]. C[ecil]. Osborne Hann, second married name Sutherland)
Prolific author of children's books, many about camping, Brownies, or with religious messages; other titles include The Torchbearer (1938), Follow My Leader (1939), Chris at Boarding School (1946), 'Horrible' Harriet (1949), Five in a Family (1951), and Rosemary the Rebel (1955).

(real first name Dorothy, née Hollender, later married name Alexander)
Author of a dozen novels 1911-1945, some with intriguing titles, but information about them is tough to find; they include Affairs of Men (1912), Oranges and Lemons (1916), The Family Coach (1927), Daughters of Lear (1929), Dark Halo (1933), The Pendleton Fortune (1937), Pendleton Harvest (1944), and The Twinkling of an Eye (1945).

JANE HARDING (1889-????)
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.

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).

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

(née Dugdale)
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.

IZA DUFFUS HARDY (1850-1922)
Daughter of archivist and antiquary Sir Thomas Duffus Hardy and author of more than two dozen novels which OCEF describes as "unpretentious, well-crafted, rather predictable," including Not Easily Jealous (1872), The Love That He Passed By (1884), The Westthorpe Mystery (1886), A Trap of Fate (1906), The Mystery of a Moonlight Tryst (1908), The Silent Watchers (1910).

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

MARY [SOPHIA] HARDY (c1865-1952)
(née Evans)
Apparently the author of only 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 Letters of a Grass Widow (1916).

MARTIN HARE (1905-1968)
(pseudonym of Lucy Zoe Girling, married name Zajdler)
Novelist who published several intriguing novels in the 1930s; titles include Butler's Gift (1932), Describe a Circle (1933), The Diary of a Pensionnaire (1935), A Mirror for Skylarks (1936), and Polonaise (1939), the last about English children adapting to a new life in Poland.

L. ALLEN HARKER (1863-1933)
(pseudonym of Lizzie Watson, married name Harker)
Author of sentimental domestic dramas, including Miss Esperance and Mr Wycherly (1908), Allegra (1919), The Broken Bow (1924), Hilda Ware (1926), and Black Jack House (1929).

(aka John Law)
Journalist and novelist best known for In Darkest London (1890), focused on the Salvation Army and how London's temptations can lead youth astray; novels include Out of Work (1888), set around the events of "bloody Sunday," and The Horoscope (1915), set in Sri Lanka.

(pseudonym of Margaret Fanny Sayers, married names Garland and Pickering)
Author of at least 8 novels, many dealing with rural life; Farmer's Girl (1942) deals with a Londoner's experience as a Land Girl; others include The Houses in Between (1936), Two Ears of Corn (1943), Wheelbarrow Farm (1954), and her postwar diaries, No Halt at Sunset: The Diary of a Country Housewife, published in 1974.

Illustrator and author of historical fiction for children, Harnett is known for her historical accuracy and characterization; works include The Great House (1949), the Carnegie-winning The Wool-Pack (1951), The Load of Unicorn (1959), and The Writing on the Hearth (1971).

Important suffrage activist and prolific novelist, Harraden's early bestseller Ships that Pass in the Night (1893) coined that expression; other works include The Growing Thread (1916) and the World War I novel Where Your Treasure Is (1918).

Best known for her girls' school novels beginning with Gretel at St. Bride's (1941), in which Gretel is a refugee from the Nazis, Harris also published three novels for adults—Fear at My Heart (1951), My Darling from the Lion's Mouth (1956), and Lucia Wilmot (1959).

(married name Hueffer)
Sister-in-law of novelist Ford Madox Ford; author of at least three novels in the 1930s—The Seventh Gate (1930), The Scornful Man (1932), and Probably Stormy (1933), about a struggling architect whom Norah Hoult, reviewing the book, described as "a completely selfish and indeed silly person."

(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."

MARJORIE HARTE (1909-1989)
(married name McEvoy [British Library has MacEvoy], aka Marjorie McEvoy)
Author of about 40 romantic novels 1960-1988, many of them 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).

Poet, critic, and theatre historian; she edited The Oxford Companion to the Theatre (1951) and published one short novel of her own, 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..." Whew!

CONSTANCE HARVEY (dates unknown)
Author of ten school stories given mixed reviews by Sims and Clare, including Ups and Downs of School Life (1926), In and Out of Mischief (1927), The Rival Houses (1928), Mistress High and Mighty (1931), Pam Wins Through (1932), Alison—the Sport (1934), and Two Peas in a Pod (1936).

Rachel Harvey
          see URSULA BLOOM

ALICE [MARY] HARWOOD (1909-1985)
Author of nine novels 1939-1983, most if not all of them historical; they include 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).

Haskins was rocketed to lasting fame when her poem “The Gate of the Year” was read on BBC by George VI in a Christmas 1939 broadcast; she had also written two novels, Through Beds of Stone (1928) and A Few People (1932), in which the Spectator found “hazy sentiment.”

(pseudonym of Kathleen Daly)
Author of four novels of the 1930s and 1940s, which appear to be humorous family tales—Sallypark (1945), about three daughters carrying on love affairs behind their strict father’s back, Beezer's End (1949), a sequel to Educating Elizabeth (1937), and Next to These Ladies (1940).

Biographer and author of several novels of the 1930s and 1940s, including Our Mr. Richards (1933), Racing Demon (1936), Pattern of People (1947), and The Young Dorothea (1950); her Unsuccessful Ladies: An Intimate Account of the Aunts of Queen Victoria (1950) was also noteworthy.

(née Hodge, aka John Bedford, aka Julia Mayfield)
Author of more than 50 novels 1951-1987; one source refers to her as a romance writer, though a review of Rapture in My Rags (1954), about a young woman who believes she has brought a scarecrow to life, but it's actually a murderer on the run, sounds unusual to say the least.

VALERIE HASTINGS (dates unknown)
Author of a "picture strip" called Wendy and Jinx, from which two school stories came—Wendy & Jinx and the Dutch Stamp Mystery and Wendy & Jinx and the Missing Scientist (1957)—and two later school stories, Jill at Hazlemere (1964) and Jill Investigates (1965).

G. Noel Hatton
          see MONA CAIRD

Allen Havens
          see ALICE MAUD ALLEN

Author of about 40 works of children's fiction and adult romance, including school stories which Sims & Clare note are "redolent of the Victorian era"; they also note that The Girls of St Olave's (1919) features wartime air raids, and Joan Tudor's Triumph (1918) is unique for its tone of Gothic horror.

Richard Hawke
          see JOY BAINES

[JOAN] PAMELA HAWKEN (1919-2011)
(née Bussey)
Author of several children's titles in the early 1950s, including three girls' career novels—Air Hostess Ann (1952), Pan Stevens: Secretary (1954), and Clare in Television (1955); her other two titles, Percy Popalong (1953) and Chuffalong (1955), may be for younger children.

Mrs. Mildred Hawker
          see ANN STAFFORD

(née Hopkins, later married name Priestley)
Best known for books on archaeology, such as The Archaeology of Jersey (1939) and Man on Earth (1954), and for collaborations with husband J. B. Priestley, Hawkes did write one novel, A Quest of Love (1980), dealing with reincarnation over thousands of years.

DOREEN HAWKINS (1919-2013)
(née Lawrence)
ENSA actress whose memoirs of wartime life, published in 2009 as Drury Lane to Dimapur: Wartime Adventures of an Actress offer a unique variation on tales of WWII.

OLIVE HAWKS (c1917-1992)
(married names Burdett and ?????)
A committed member of Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists, Hawks was interned for much of WWII; after the war, she published four novels—What Hope for Green Street? (1945), Time Is My Debtor (1947), These Frail Vessels (1948), and A Sparrow for a Farthing (1950).

(aka Valentine Caryl)
Author of several historical novels in the 1900s and 1910s about the trials and tribulations of womanhood; titles include Perronelle (1904), In the Shade (1909), Heritage (1912), and In a Desert Land (1915).

Frances Hay

MARIE HAY (1873-1938)
(married name von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg [!!!])
Half-sister of Duff Cooper, author of fictionalized biographies including A German Pompadour (1906), The Winter Queen (1910), and Mas'aniello: A Neapolitan Tragedy (1913); her final novel, The Evil Vineyard (1923), deals with a haunted house and was reportedly of interest to Carl Jung.

MAVIS DORIEL HAY (1894–1979)
(married name Fitzrandolph)
Author of three mystery novels of the mid-1930s, recently rediscovered and reprinted by the British Library—Murder Underground (1934), Death on the Cherwell (1935), and The Santa Klaus Murder (1936); she also co-wrote several books about rural crafts in the 1920s.

Author several story collections (and possibly a novel or two) about village life in and around Berkshire, including Travels Round Our Village (1901), Turnpike Travellers (1903), Rose of Lone Farm (1905), Islands of the Vale (1908), and Love the Harper (1914); with the advent of WWI, she did war work, became politically involved, and appears to have stopped writing.

Jan Haye
          see ANNE VINTON

NANCY M[ABEL]. HAYES (1886-1929)
(went by Annie, married name Flexman)
Author of four girls' school stories of the 1920s—The Fourth Form Invaders (1924), Peg Runs Away to School (1924), That Turbulent Term (1926), and The Castle School (1928)—and other Guide and adventure stories such as The Plucky Patrol (1924) and The Boy from Nowhere (1927).

ANNIE HAYNES (1865-1929)
Now little-known author of mystery novels, including The Bungalow Mystery (1923), The Blue Diamond (1925), The Crow’s Inn Tragedy (1927), and Who Killed Charmian Karslake (1929), as well as earlier serialized novels. Dean Street Press is in the process of reprinting all of her titles in paperback and as ebooks.

DOROTHY K[ATE]. HAYNES (1918-1987)
Children's author and novelist; published three novels—Winter's Traces (1947), The Gibsons of Glasgow (1947), and Haste Ye Back (1973); later work consisted primarily of ghost stories, some of which were collected in Peacocks and Pagodas (1981).

(married name Tickell)
Married to novelist Jerrard Tickell; known for her writings on ESP and psychic phenomena, including The Hidden Springs (1972), Haynes wrote three early novels—Neapolitan Ice (1932), about a young girl at Oxford, Immortal John (1932), and The Holy Hunger (1936).

(aka J. C. Fennessy)
Biographer, historian, and author of five pseudonymous novels 1941-1952, one of which, The Siege of Elsinore (1948), imagined a marriage between Hamlet and Ophelia; she is better known for the biographical A Sultry Month (1965), which traces the lives of the Brownings and others in one month in 1847, and for other critical and historical works, several of which have now been reprinted by Faber Finds.

Sharon Heath
          see NORAH MARY BRADLEY

VERONICA HEATH (1927-2012)
(pseudonym of Veronica Tegner, married name Blackett)
Author of five pony stories, some with titles that sound like non-fiction but aren't (see here)—Come Riding with Me (1955), Susan's Riding School (1956), Ponies in the Heather (1959), Come Show-Jumping with Me (1961), and Come Pony Trekking with Me (1964); she later wrote numerous non-fiction titles about horses and riding.

(née Blackburn)
Author of 30+ romantic novels 1945-1978; titles include Slightly Sophisticated (1945), We Have Our Dreams (1956), A Hint of Spring (1960), A Single Star (1962), Rich Relations (1965), Scent of Summer (1970), Build a High Wall (1972), The Narrow Stair (1974), and Storm Above the Park (1976).

(married name Porter)
Author of humorous self-help guides including The Perfect Hostess (1931) and Running a House without Help (1949), but also published a series of humorous sketches, including Dinner with James (1931), Chez James (1932), Cruising with James (1934), and Contract with James (1935).

(aka M. V. Heberden, aka Charles L. Leonard)
Born in England but lived in the U.S. for most of her adult life; stage actress and then the author of more than 30 mystery and spy novels 1939-1953, many under the Leonard name; titles include Death on the Doormat (1939), The Lobster Pick Murder (1941), Murder Goes Astray (1943), Pursuit in Peru (1946), Exit This Way (1950), and Murder Unlimited (1953).

BARBARA HECTOR (1902-1985)
(aka Hester Barrie)
Author of one girls' school story, Champions in the Making (1943), a mystery for children, The Moorland Mystery (1948), and adult novels including No Through Road (1942), The Victim's Niece (1946), As the Stars Fade (1947), The Rainbow Road (1959), and various hospital romances to 1971.

ETHEL F[ORSTER]. HEDDLE (c1863-1942)
(married name Marshall, aka Ethel F. H. Marshall)
More research needed; author of books for girls and novels for adults, including Three Girls in a Flat (1896), A Mystery of St. Rule's (1902), Clarinda's Quest (1910), and The House of Shadows (1920).

Maureen Heely
          see NINA BRADSHAW

(aka Henrietta Heilgers)
Popular periodical author and novelist in the 1910s and 1920s; many of her stories were collected in books like Tabloid Tales (1911) and Somewhere in France: Stories of the Great War (1915); she later wrote novels including Babette Wonders Why (1916) and The Dark Lamp (1927).

Journalist and writer on golf for women, Helme is best known now for her series of children's books about Exmoor ponies, including Mayfly the Grey Pony (1935), Runaway Mike (1936), Shank's Pony (1946), Suitable Owners (1948), White Winter (1949), and Dear Busybody (1950).

Eileen Heming
          see EILEEN MARSH

JEAN HENSON (1912-1981)
(née Constable)
Author of five children's detective tales—River Detectives (1947), Detectives in the Hills (1949), Detectives by the Sea (1950), Detectives Abroad (1952), and Detectives in Wales (1953).

ANNE HEPPLE (1877-1959)
(pseudonym of Anne Hepple Dickinson, née Batty)
Writer of more than 20 romantic novels about Northumberland and the Scottish Borders, including Gay Go Up (1931), Scotch Broth (1933), Heyday and Maydays (1936), Sigh No More (1943), Jane of Gowlands (1949), and The House of Gow (1948), which is the favorite of many fans.

Kathleen Herald
          see K. M. PEYTON

ALICE HERBERT (1869–1941)
(née Baker, first married name Low)
Mother of Ivy Litvinov and author of five novels—The Measure of our Youth (1909), Garden Oats (1914), Heaven and Charing Cross (1922), Friend, You Are Late (1924), and A Pen and Ink Passion (1928).

Jean Herbert
          see MARY ISABEL LESLIE

JOAN HERBERT (dates unknown)
(pseudonym of J. D. Lewis, full name unknown)
Author of several girls' school stories, including Lorna's First Term (1932), With Best Intentions (1935), The Three Halves (1937), and One's a Pair (1939), as well as other children's fiction, such as The Wrights are Left (1938), Penelope the Particular (1939), and Jennifer Gay (1944).

Children's author and novelist whose works sound a bit melodramatic; OCEF notes that The Ship That Came Home in the Dark (1912) "involves a woman substituting herself for a blind man's wife"; others include The Summit (1909) and We Know Each Other's Faces (1947).

Sister of Agnes, and like her published for children and adults; her works include The Stigma (1905), Mortal Men (1907), Young Life (1911), and Crofton's Daughter (1919).

MURIEL HERD (1880-1944)
(full name Margaret Muriel de Milfontes Herd, married name Smart)
Apparently the author of only two books, separated by more than 30 years—The Solo Boy and Other Stories (1895) and Gill and the Others (1927)—about which little information is available.

A. J. Heritage
          see HAZEL ADAIR (1900-1990)

(née Eastwick, first married name Huddart)
Author of several romantic novels, including A Woman's Soul (1900), The Queen Regent (1903), The Fifth Wheel (1916), and The Tenth Step (1923), as well as a book of essays called Through a Woman's Eyes (1917).

JANE HERVEY (1920-     )
(pseudonym of Naomi Blanche Thoburn McGaw, married names Jones, Wilder, & Bowlby)
Author of a single novel, Vain Shadow (1963), reprinted by Persephone in 2015, which they describe as a "unique, astute and very funny black comedy"; though published after the end of this list's time frame, it was actually written in the early 1950s.

(née Ilbert, aka Jane Dashwood)
Critic, essayist, and memoirist under her real name, who wrote two pseudonymous novels—Three Daughters (1929), set in London society at the turn of the century, and The Month of May (1931), with a heroine torn between love and her duty to her aging parents.

Children's author known for her series about Ameliaranne, a Polyanna-ish girl who helps out her impoverished family, starting with Ameliaranne and the Green Umbrella (1920); later books include Dick in Command (1950), Midnight, Our Pony (1953), and Jonathan's Children (1963).

F. M. HEWARD (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of a single girls' school story, Susan the Beast (1949).

ANNE HEWITSON (dates unknown)
Unidentified author of a single short romance, The Dancer (1929).

(née Brown, earlier married name Pitcher, aka Dorothea Martin)
Author of nearly two dozen novels from the 1930s-1950s, including mysteries and thrillers; titles include A Pattern in Yellow (1932), Comedian (1934), The Mice Are Not Amused (1942), Murder in the Ballroom (1948), Still the World Is Young (1951), and Harmony in Autumn (1955).

(married name Rougier, aka Stella Martin)
Prolific author of Regency romance novels such as Cotillion (1953), popular mysteries like Envious Casca (1941), and four early novels with autobiographical content, which Heyer later tried to suppress—Instead of the Thorn (1923), Helen (1928), Pastel (1929), and Barren Corn (1930). Her third novel, The Transformation of Philip Jettan (1923, later reprinted as Powder and Patch) was first published under her pseudonym.

(née Burford, aka Jean Plaidy, aka Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, Eleanor Alice Burford, Elbur Ford, Ellalice Tate, and Kathleen Kellow)
Popular author of over 200 novels, including historical novels, Gothic romances, Victorian crime novels, and historical romances; titles include Daughter of Anna (1941), Poison in Pimlico (1950), Bride of Pendorric (1963), The Haunted Sisters (1966), and The Queen's Confession (1968).

(neé Menzies-Wilson, later married name Sackville-West)
Cousin by marriage of Vita Sackville-West and daughter of Jacobine Menzies-Wilson; author of four novels—Noughts and Crosses (1952), Touch and Go (1953), The Marriage of Elizabeth Whitacker (1953), about the engagement of an Anglican woman to a Catholic man, and Profit and Loss (1955).

(née Hannay)
More research needed; author of at least two mystery novels, The Corpse in the Church (1934) and The Hand, or, Mystery at Number Ten (1937), as well as several children's books, including The Unexpected Adventure (1935) and Bulldog Sheila, or, The Gang (1936); details are sketchy.

Anne Hill
          see NETTA MUSKETT

Apparently a successful and acclaimed stage actress as well as author of a single novel about women factory workers in World War II, Ladies May Now Leave Their Machines (1944); she appears to have also written one play, The Wonderful Ingredient (1934).

LORNA HILL (1902-1991)
(née Leatham)
Prolific author of girls' ballet stories, pony books, and other children's fiction; A Dream of Sadler's Wells (1950) and its sequels present an ideal view of ballet training, while The Vicarage Children (1961) and its sequels offer more realistic portrayals of middle class family life.

MILDRED HILL (1878-????)
Poet, religious writer, and author of five children's titles, including His Little Bit o' Garden (1913), Michael's Quest (1920) (both referred to as missionary stories), "Princess Daisy-Flower" and the White Knight (1923), Bennie's Adventures (1923), and Mollie's Quilt (1927).

O. P. HILL (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of a single children's book, Dernham Days (1934), set partly in a girls' school.

TRISTRAM HILL (1888-1971)
(pseudonym of Yseult Alice Mary Lechmere Guppy, married names Low and Bridges, aka Yseult Bridges)
Later the author, under her own name, of several true crime stories about famous murder cases, in the 1930s Bridges published two long-lost novels—Questing Heart (1934) and Creole Enchantment (1936), about which little information seems to be available.

Marguerite Hills
          see NINA BRADSHAW

Author of religious and inspirational titles 1900s-1930s; Midsummer Madness (1920), The Hermit of Eskdale (1933), and The Promise of Life: A Romance of Middleton, at least, appear to be novels.

Susan Hinde
          see SUSAN CHITTY

MURIEL HINE (1873-1949)
(married name Coxon, aka Muriel Hine Coxon, aka Mrs. Sydney Coxon, aka Nicholas Bevel)
Author of nearly three dozen romantic novels from the 1910s-1950; titles include April Panhasard (1913), The Hidden Valley (1919), The Ladder of Folly (1928), The Door Opens (1935), Man of the House (1940), The Second Wife (1943), and Liar's Progress (1950).

PAMELA HINKSON (1900-1982)
(aka Peter Deane)
Daughter of Katharine Tynan; children's author and novelist who wrote girls' school novels such as The Girls of Redlands (1923) and Schooldays at Meadowfield (1930) as well as adult novels like The End of All Dreams (1923) and the WWI-themed The Ladies' Road (1932).

Coralie Hobson
          see SARAH SALT

Stephen Hockaby
          see GLADYS MITCHELL

[NAOMI] ANNE HOCKING (1890-1966)
(née Messer, aka Mona Messer, aka Mona Dunlop)
Mystery novelist active from the 1930s to the 1960s; titles include Walk Into My Parlour (1934), What A Tangled Web (1937), The Vultures Gather (1945), And No One Wept (1954), and Poisoned Chalice (1959).

(married name Hughes)
Author of a single children's title, Pax, the Adventurous Horse (1928).

Barbara Hodges

(married name Holdsworth, aka L. V. Holdsworth)
Primarily the author of Quaker-related non-fiction and biography, Hodgkin also wrote a children's title, The Larks' Nest (1920), and short stories, collected after her death into Fierce Feathers and Other Stories (1965); Seas of the Moon (1946) is her memoir.

(married name Foottit)
Poet and apparently the author of only one novel, Rosy-Fingered Dawn (1934), described by Anna Bogen as an "experimental university novel"; her poems are published in Patrixbourne: Five Country Poems (1958) and Last Poems (1969).

VERE HODGSON (1901-1979)
Diarist known for her crucial World War II diaries, Few Eggs and No Oranges (1976), reprinted by Persephone. Hodgson was in central London throughout the war, working for a charity aiding those who were bombed out, and her diaries include harrowing descriptions of blitz and hardship.

INEZ HOLDEN (1906-1974)
Author of the World War II novels Night Shift (1941), a powerful episodic portrayal of life in a wartime aircraft factory, and There's No Story There (1944), dealing with anti-Semitism; other novels include Sweet Charlatan (1929), It Was Different at the Time (1943), and The Adults (1956).

(married name Bligh)
Stage actress with the Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespearean Company and author of six novels of the 1930s—The Dusky Highway (1932), The Strange Tale of Eastermain (1933), Radiant Interlude (1933), Rich Earth (1934), To-day Is Ours (1935), and Moonlight in Winter (1937).

(pseudonym of Eliza Ann Holdsworth, married name Lee-Hamilton, aka Max Beresford)
Born in Jamaica to British parents and raised in Britain, Holdsworth's fiction includes Joanna Traill, Spinster (1894), Spindles and Oars (1896), a series of sketches set in a Scottish fishing village, and A Garden of Spinsters (1904), which OCEF compares to the work of Sarah Orne Jewett.

(aka Ethel Carnie, aka Ethel Holdsworth)
Editor and activist as well as novelist and poet; called by ODNB the first working class British woman writer, Holdsworth's novels include Miss Nobody (1913), Helen of Four Gates (1917), The House that Jill Built (1920), This Slavery (1925), and Eagles' Crag (1928).

L. V. Holdsworth

Ena Holland
          see RUTH HOLLAND

Hester Holland
          see HESTER GORST

RUTH HOLLAND (1898-????)
(pseudonym of Edith Holland, married name Jones, aka Ena Holland)
Sister-in-law of J. B. Priestley; novelist whose works have intriguing titles such as The Undercurrent (1926), Country Tune (1931), The Lost Generation (1932), Time and the Singletons (1933), Storm and Dream (1936), and One Crown with a Sun (1952).

(née Levy, full name Augusta Edna Gwenda Hollander)
Author of three novels of the early 1950s—Lucia (1950), The Stubborn Field (1952), and One of Three (1953); contemporary reviews suggest that these may contain a fair amount of melodrama—for example, The Stubborn Field is about a tormented artist who comes to a tragic end.

Prolific author of religious non-fiction and novels from the late 1800s until the 1930s; titles include A Slave of the Saracen (1904), Between Two Crusades: A Tale of A.D. 1187 (1908), Jem Forster's Revenge (1913), The Blessed Bands (1919), and Aunt Clive's Excursions (1928).

Granddaughter of painter William Holman Hunt; author of two memoirs—My Grandmothers and I (1960), about her childhood with two eccentric grandmothers, and My Grandfather, His Life and Loves (1969), about Hunt—as well as a biography of Chilean painter Álvaro Guevara (1974).

(married name Punchard)
Widely acclaimed in her lifetime and nearly forgotten now, Holme wrote novels and stories about rural Westmorland, including The Lonely Plough (1914), Beautiful End (1918), The Splendid Fairing (1919), The Things Which Belong (1925), and The Wisdom of the Simple (1937).

Alex Holmes
          see AIMÉE BYNG SCOTT

Martha Holt

Victoria Holt
          see ELEANOR HIBBERT

Best known for her epic of village government, South Riding (1935), which has been dramatized for television, Holtby also wrote Anderby Wold (1923), The Crowded Street (1924, reprinted by Persephone), The Land of Green Ginger (1927), Poor Caroline (1931), and Mandoa, Mandoa! (1933).

Sylvia Denys Hooke

E[LSIE]. MAY HOOTON (dates unknown)
Author of eight children's tales of the 1950s and 1960s—the school story The Harbord Prize (1955), as well as Anne's Call (1951), Cherry's Corner (1953), The Winning Side (1954), Those Terrible Tindalls (1956), Julie's Bicycle (1959), Sally's Summer Adventures (1960), and Wendy (1964).

Amanda Hope

CAMILLA HOPE (1889-1975)
(pseudonym of Grace Elsie Thompson)
Journalist, biographer and author of three novels; Long Shadows (1928) is a thriller about the Foreign Legion; the others are Moon of Joy (1927) and Curiously Planned (1928). She later wrote biographies of George IV and William IV, as well as Marianna de Charpillon.

CORAL HOPE (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of at least three novels—Listening Hands (1944), The Play of a Lifetime (1946), and The Shadowed Hour (1951)—about which little is known, and one children's book, The Flapdoodle Who Always Knew Best (1945).

ESSEX HOPE (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of Pen Goes North (1949), part of which is set in school, at least two other children's books, Turned Adrift: The Story of a Dog (1937) and A Dog for Richard (1966), and what may be an adult novel, I Have Come Home (1940).

GERTRUDE HOPE (dates unknown)
Unidentified author of a single short romance, A Fair Weather Lover (1929).

NOEL HOPE (c1867-1950)
(pseudonym of Sarah Louisa Morewood)
Author of numerous children's titles which are clearly—in Sims and Clare's term—evangelical, including Where Moses Went to School (1909), Jolly the Joker: A Life-Saving Scout Story (1921), Fenella's Fetters, or, Unseen Chains (1921), Face It Out, or, Straight Roads Are the Shortest (1928), and Ruth the Home Maker (1934).

(née Cureton, aka Helen Dudley)
Author of fiction for adults and children, including the sports-oriented school stories Anne, Young Swimmer (1960) and Young Netball Player (1961); novels include The Bishop of Kenelminster (1961), The Unravish'd Bride (1963), Island of Perfumes (1985), and Cottage Dreams (1985).

KATE HORN (1866-1951)
(pseudonym of Constance Emma Cromwell Weigall, née Warner, aka C.E.C. Weigall)
Author of an apparent multitude of light romances; Edward and I and Mrs Honeybun (1910), about an impoverished aristocratic couple and an eccentric charwoman, seems intriguing; others include The Flute of Arcady (1914), Love’s Law (1916), and The Evolution of Nancy (1923).

THORA E. HORNSBY (1929-????)
(married name Neal)
Another precocious literary prodigy who published the first of her three school stories when she was only 13; her titles, characterized by lots of not entirely believable action (according to Sims & Clare), are Diana at School (1944), Three Thrilling Terms (1946), and The Feud (1948).

GERTRUDE [MARIA] HORT (c1873-1953)
Poet, biographer, and author of two novels—The Peace-Fire: A Story of Somerset (1929) and Goodman's Ground: A Romance of the West Country (1946); information is sparse, but the former at least may have supernatural themes.

DOROTHEA HOSIE (1885-1959)
(née Soothill)
Wife of diplomat Sir Alexander Hosie, who after his death published several works of biography and nonfiction about China; she made at least one foray into fiction, with The Pool of Ch'ien Lung: A Tale of Modern Peking (1944).

(full name Helen Charlotte Hough, née Woodyadd, later married name Ackroyd)
Mother of novelist Deborah Moggach; author of more than 20 children's books 1956-1978, and a single adult novel, The Bassington Murder (1980); she worked on a second, but in the 1980s, she went to prison for assisting an elderly friend in committing suicide, and the experience was so traumatic that she was uable to return to writing.

NORAH HOULT (1898-1984)
(married name Stonor)
Long neglected, Hoult's novels feature brilliant, realistic character studies, including House Under Mars (1946), set in a boardinghouse during WWII, A Death Occurred (1954), and the Persephone reprint There Were No Windows (1944), about a dying woman and her caregivers during the Blitz.

Primarily the author of Catholic inspirational works, many of which remain in print, including This War Is the Passion (1941), which deals with the Blitz, Houselander also wrote short fiction and a novel, The Dry Wood (1947).

(married names Scott, Douglas-Henry, and Amis)
Novelist whose first book, The Beautiful Visit (1950), won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; best known for her family saga of wartime England, The Light Years (1990), Marking Time (1991), Confusion (1993), and Casting Off (1995).

Jean Howard
          see JEAN MACGIBBON

Linden Howard

Mary Howard
          see MARY EDGAR

ETHEL HOWAT (dates unknown)
Unidentified author of a single short romance, Snake in the Grass (1934).

BEA HOWE (1898-1992)
(full name Beatrice Isabel Howe, married name Lubbock)
A fringe member of the Bloomsbury Group, Howe published one book with has been called a novel and a children's book, A Fairy Leapt Upon My Knee (1927), as well as biographies of Jane Loudon and Mary Eliza Hawels, and a memoir, A Child in Chile (1957).

(aka Newlyn Nash [with Muriel Howe], aka Kaye Stewart, aka Mary Munro)
Sister of Muriel Howe; author of more than 40 novels, mostly romances, though Wild Garlic (1962) and The Affair at Claife Manor (1963), written with her sister, seem to be romantic suspense. Others include The Touchstone (1945), The Happy Pilgrim (1953), A Red Rose (1960), and The Hotel by the Loch (1977).

Ethel Howe
          see ETHELREDA LEWIS

MURIEL HOWE (1898-1987)
(married name Smithies, aka Newlyn Nash [with sister Doris Howe])
Sister of Doris Howe; author of more than 20 novels, including several collaborations with her sister that appear to have been romantic suspense; two of her own titles, The Affair at Falconers (1957) and Pendragon (1958) were more straightforward mysteries. Others are If There Be One (1944), Master of Skelgale (1946), Heatherling (1950), and Beach of Dreams (1961).

ELAINE [VERA] HOWIS (1900-2001)
(née Vivian)
Author of four novels of the 1950s—All I Want (1956), The Lily Pond (1957), Almost an Island (1958), and Demand Me Nothing (1960)—and a story collection, Dazzle the Native (1956), which seem to have been influenced by Woolf; a copy of The Lily Pond was in Barbara Pym's personal library.

ELIZABETH HOY (1898-1982)
(pseudonym of Alice Nina Conarain)
Prolific Mills & Boon romance writer from the 1930s to 1980; her many titles include Love in Apron Strings (1933), Sally in the Sunshine (1937), Enchanted Wilderness (1940), The Dark Loch (1948), Fanfare for Lovers (1953), City of Dreams (1959), and The Blue Jacaranda (1975).

GLADYS M[AUDE]. HUDDART (dates unknown)
Daughter of Beatrice Heron-Maxwell; according to OCEF she published fiction in the 1920s, but I can find no reference to her in the British Library catalogue or on Google Books.  For now, she remains a mystery…

MOLLY HUGHES (1866-1956)
(née Thomas)
Writer mainly of non-fiction and one historical novel, Vivians (1935), Hughes is best known for her four memoirs—A London Child of the 1870s (1934), A London Girl of the Eighties (1936), A London Home of the Nineties (1937), and A London Family Between the Wars (1940).

(née Wigram)
Author of several books about botany as well as four novels—The Soul of a Villain (1905), Through the Rain (1906), His Sister (1908), and Gilbert Ray (1914); the last is about labour disputes among iron-workers in northern England.

(married name Brookes)
Author of romance novels, including Nurse (1933), about "a traditionally wise and kindly nurse," and others with irresistible titles like Three Make Their Bed (1936), Rhythm Romeo (1937), Cad's Kisses (1941), Two-Man Girl (1942), and W.A.A.F. Into Wife (1943).

E[DITH]. M[AUDE]. HULL (1880–1947)
(née Henderson, aka Edith Maud Winstanley)
Famous for her enormously successful debut novel The Sheik (1919), filmed with Rudolph Valentino in the lead, Hull's subsequent romantic novels were less successful, including Sons of the Sheik (1925) and The Captive of Sahara (1931).

KATHARINE HULL (1921-1977)
(married name Buxton)
Author of four popular children's books with Pamela Whitlock, most famously The Far-Distant Oxus (1937), written when the pair were still teenagers, about six children on their own in Exmoor; later titles were Escape to Persia (1938), Oxus in Summer (1939), and Crowns (1947).

AUDREY HULME (dates unknown)
More research needed; apparently the author of a single novel, Lawyer's Folly (1959), about the effects of a solicitor's misconduct on six characters.

Author of a single girls' school novel, The Girls of Chiltern Towers (1929).

Author of Christian-themed girls' stories, including a series set at St. Margaret's; titles include Margaret the Rebel (1957), Margaret of St. Margaret's (1959), Return to St. Margaret's (1962), The Strange New Girl (1964), and The Secrets of the Castle (1967).

DOROTHY A[LICE]. HUNT (1896-1982)
(married name Fellows, aka Doric Collyer)
Author whose books are frequently misattributed (including in the British Library and the Library of Congress!) to Dorothy Alice Bonavia-Hunt (see her separate entry); in fact, this Hunt wrote eight novels, including the pseudonymous Ann of the House of Barlow (1926) and, under her own name, Unfettered (1937), Reflection (1937), Vagabonds All (1938), Watching Eyes (1940), Meet Madame Mazova (1942), The Amazing Paradox (1948), and Ashes of Achievement (1959).

VIOLET HUNT (1862-1942)
(full name Isabel Violet Hunt)
Novelist and memoirist known for her literary salons and high-profile romances, most notably with novelist Ford Madox Ford; works include The Workaday Woman (1906), which flirts with themes of working women, White Rose of Weary Leaf (1908), considered risqué in its day, The Wife of Altamont (1910), Zeppelin Nights (1917), a Canterbury tales for WWI, written with Ford, and a memoir, The Flurried Years (1926).

Clementine Hunter
          see HELEN MARY KEYNES

(aka Isobel Chace, aka Elizabeth de Guise)
Author of several dozen romances 1960-1992, mostly for Mills & Boon and mostly under the Chace pseudonym; titles include The Japanese Lantern (1960), Cherry-Blossom Clinic (1961), Spiced with Cloves (1963), The Rhythm of Flamenco (1966), A Garland of Marigolds (1967), The Beads of Nemesis (1974), A Time to Wed (1984), and Bridge of Sighs (1992).

SYBIL HURST (dates unknown)
Unidentified author of seven romances, including She Wanted to Shine (1927), A Sorry Start (1928), The Pretender (1928), The Daughter-in-Law (1928), Her Enemy (1930), A Girl of Grit (1934), and Out for Luxury (1935).

Author of numerous children's books and a series of mysteries; works include the school stories The Wonderful Birthday (1953) and Fun Next Door (1954), as well as The Body at Busman's Hollow (1959), Sweet Death (1961), Death and the Dark Daughter (1966), and Dark Design (1972).

Sister of novelist A. S. M. Hutchinson, and author of four novels of the 1920s—Sea Wrack (1922), The Naked Man (1925), Great Waters (1926), and The Dark Freight (1928)—and one story collection, The Other Gate and Other Stories (1928).

ELSPETH HUXLEY (1907-1997)
(née Grant)
Novelist and journalist whose most famous works, The Flame Trees of Thika (1959) and its sequel, The Mottled Lizard (1962), are based on her childhood in Kenya. Huxley also published mystery novels, including Murder on Safari (1938) and Murder at Government House (1939).

Helen Huxley
          see HELEN FOLEY

(née Evans, later married name Fedden, aka Simon Dare, aka Marjorie Stewart)
Prolific romantic novelist, under two pseudonyms, of nearly 100 novels from the 1920s to the 1950s; titles include As a Peat Fire Burns (1928), Handful of Stars (1932), April Whirlwind (1934), Mask Concealing (1938), Hunt the Horizon (1940), and Crocus Under Foot (1945).

Eleanor Hyde

ELIZABETH HYDE (dates unknown)
Unidentified author of two girls' school stories, Valerie of Gaunt Crag (1956) and Babette of Bayfern Manor (1957); Sims & Clare note she is credited as "Frances Newton" in one listing; could she be Frances Cowen, who is known to have used another Hyde pseudonym?

ESTHER HYMAN (dates unknown)
(married name Chapman)
Author of three novels 1927-1939; Study in Bronze (1928) is about a mixed race woman raised in Jamaica, who takes up a bohemian life in London and faces racial prejudice; the others are Punch and Judy: A Comedy of Living (1927) and Pied Piper (1939).

MARGARET ILES (?1903-?1998)
More research needed; published five novels in the 1930s and 1940s—Season Ticket (1934), Elder Daughter (1936), Perry’s Cows (1937), Burden of Tyre (1939), and Nobody’s Darlings (1942)—about which information is sparse.

GERTRUDE INCE (dates unknown)
Unidentified author of three romantic tales, The Silent Lover (1929), The Break in Her Love Line (1930), and A Girl Unknown (1931).

MABEL [EMILY] INCE (1870-1941)
Illustrator, children's author, and author of at least four novels—The Wisdom of Waiting (1912), The Commonplace & Clementine (1914), The Preacher (1935) and Man's Estate (1937); the latter two, at least, were acclaimed in their day.

(née Ada Alice Cunnick, aka Mrs. Stanley Inchbold)
Wife of artist Stanley Inchbold and author of nine novels 1899-1920, as well as two travel books about the Middle East and Portugal; fiction titles include Princess Feather (1899), The Silver Dove (1900), The Letter Killeth: A Romance of the Sussex Downs (1905), Phantasma (1906), Love in a Thirsty Land (1914), Love and the Crescent (1918), and Sallie of Painter's Bakery (1920).

FAY INCHFAWN (1880-1978)
(pseudonym of Elizabeth Rebecca Ward, née Daniels)
Poet and memoirist whose light verse and sketches about village life were highly successful, starting with The Verse-Book of a Homely Woman (1920) and including Living in a Village (1937) and Salute to the Village (1943); Inchfawn also wrote one novel, Sweet Water and Bitter (1927).

John Inglis
          see LUCY JANE CLIFFORD

SUSAN INGLIS (1898-1970)
(pseudonym of Doris Nicol Paske Mackie)
Author of more than 20 romantic novels 1934-1961, including Married Man's Girl (1934), Uncertain Flame (1937), Too Many Men (1939), Sara Steps In (1947), Jill Takes a Chance (1949), Highland Holiday (1952), The Loving Heart (1954), and The Old Hunting Lodge (1961).

Author of six novels—Starved Fields (1929), Crumbling Pageant (1932), The Loving Heart (1942), Lightly He Journeyed (1946), Aunt Albinia (1948), and the intriguingly Brontëesque Pay thy Pleasure (1939); later known for biographies and for Peacocks in Paradise (1950), about Hafod Uchtryd.


CHRISTIAN IRBY (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of three novels—Cardinal Molina: The Story of a Matador (1938), Marcus Revell (1938), and Rainbow of Glory (1940); researcher John Herrington found a mother and daughter who share the name, but cannot determine which is the novelist.

Doreen Ireland

Noelle Ireland
          see NORAH MARY BRADLEY

(née Parks)
Novelist, travel writer, and biographer born in Jamaica; fiction includes Creole (1950), The Cannibals (1952), and How Do I Love Thee (1976), about the Brownings; The Ghosts of Versailles (1957) is an examination of Miss Moberly and Miss Jourdain's adventures at Versailles.

Author of several novels and children's books with Catholic themes, including A Maiden up to Date (1908), The Damsel Who Dared (1909), The Mystery of the Priest's Parlour (1911), and In the Service of the King (1912).

JOHN IRONSIDE (c1866-c1945)
(pseudonym of Euphemia Margaret Tait)
Author of nine novels, most of them mysteries, in the 1910s to 1940s, including The Red Symbol (1911), Forged in Strong Fires (1912), The Call-Box Mystery (1923), Jack of Clubs (1931), The Marten Mystery (1933), Lady Pamela's Pearls (1941), and The Crime and the Casket (1945).

Author of six girls' school novels in the 1920s and 1930s, including The Girls of St. Augustine's (1920), The Mysterious Something (1925), The Black Sheep of St. Michael's (1928), Young Diana (1931), The Tale-Tellers' Club (1932), and Jane Emerges (1937).

A[MY]. M[ARY]. IRVINE (1866-1950)
Author of school stories for both girls and boys, as well as some adult fiction; Sims & Clare praise her school stories, including Cliff House (1908), A Girl ofthe Fourth (1910), Naida the Tenderfoot (1919), The School Enemy (1925), and A School Conspiracy (1926).

Scottish writer who started out writing history and went on to publish seven novels in the 1930s and 1940s, including Magdalena (1936), Mirror of a Dead Lady (1940), Angelic Romance (1941), Sweet is the Rose (1944), 77 Willow Road (1945), Torchlight Procession (1946), and Fray Mario (1949).

MARGARET IRWIN (1889-1967)
(married name Monsell)
Novelist best known for her historical trilogy on Elizabeth I—Young Bess (1944), Elizabeth, Captive Princess (1948), and Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain (1953)—and for early works of fantasy and time travel, including Still She Wished for Company (1924) and Madame Fears the Dark (1935).

Averil Ives
          see IDA [JULIE] POLLOCK

(pseudonym of Georgiana Mary Isabel Ash)
"[R]equired reading for the historian of girls' school stories," according to Sims & Clare, Jacberns wrote a series of interconnected tales in the 1900s and 1910s, such as The New Pupil (1902), How Things Went Wrong (1905), A Schoolgirl's Battlefield (1910), and Tabitha Smallways, Schoolgirl (1913).

L[YDIA]. REVE JACKSON (dates unknown)
More research needed; apparently the author of a single novel, Lottery Luck (1938), about which I've found no details.

NAOMI JACOB (1884-1964)
(aka Ellington Gray, aka Naomi Ellington Jacob)
Novelist, actress, and memoirist whose Jacob Ussher (1925), was a bestseller, and whose popular memoirs include Me—In War-Time (1940) and Me—and the Swans (1963), about her friendship with Radclyffe Hall and Una Troubridge; later novels were romantic in nature.

(née Kennedy-Erskine)
Poet and novelist whose tales of rural Wales and Scotland were highly praised in her day; these include The Sheepstealers (1902), The Interloper (1904), and Flemington (1911);  Jacob stopped writing following her son’s death in World War I.

AGNES E[LIZA]. JACOMB (1866-1949)
(pseudonym of Agnes Eliza Jacomb Hood)
More research needed; author of five novels—The Faith of His Fathers (1909), Johnny Lewison (1909), The Lonely Road (1911), Esther (1912) and The Fruits of the Morrow (1914).

MURIEL JAEGER (1892-1969)
School friend of Dorothy Sayers; author of historical and biographical works, now best known for her early science-fiction novels, including The Question Mark (1926), published by Hogarth, about a utopian future, and The Man with Six Senses (1927), about ESP; the latter was reprinted in 2013.

GRACE JAMES (1864–1930)
Playwright, folklorist, and children's author, known for her classic anthology Japanese Fairy Tales (1910); she also wrote plays and the John and Mary series of children's books (1935-1963); Japan: Recollections and Impressions (1936) is her memoir of her early life in Japan.

NORAH C[ORDNER]. JAMES (1901-1979)
Popular and prolific writer of (often unhappy) romantic novels, whose first, Sleeveless Errand (1929), dealing with suicide, prostitution, and bisexuality, was banned in Britain but a bestseller nonetheless; others include Jealousy (1933), The Stars Are Fire (1937), and The Father (1946).

PAULINE M. JAMES (1926-2011)
(married name Whibley, aka Polly Whibley)
Author of two girls' school stories—The Island Mystery (1950) and Challenge to Caroline (1952)—and, according to Sims & Clare, three other girls' stories I was unable to locate; she also wrote The Heights of Heidelberg, published by the Elsie J. Oxenham Society.

STORM JAMESON (1891-1986)
Author of an incredible 50+ novels, Jameson's fiction was often politically engaged and varied widely in style; well-known works include her trilogy—Company Parade (1934), Love in Winter (1935), and None Turn Back (1936)—and a memoir, Journey from the North (1969).

Rupert Jardine
          see EILEEN MARSH

(née Rowles)
Children's author and writer of devotional poetry; titles include The Sliding Panel, or, The Miser of Raynham Farm (1890), The Rescue on Tempest Reef (1896), Three Girls and a Garden and Other Stories (1912), The Treasure Finders: A Forest Story (1912), Colin Courageous (1914), and Pleasing Stories (1916).

(née Heald)
Novelist and biographer, often concerned with crime and victimization of women;  best known for The Tortoise and the Hare (1954), reprinted by Virago, and Harriet (1934), now available from Persephone.

(married name Birkinshaw, aka Pearl Bellairs)
Daughter of author Edgar Alfred Jepson, sister of crime novelist Selwyn Jepson, and mother of novelist Fay Weldon; author of seven novels, most of which appear to be thrillers, including Miss Amagee in Africa (1932), Via Panama (1934), Velvet and Steel (1935), The Cups of Alexander (1937), Murderess? (1946), Her Destiny (1948), and Love Spurned (1948).

IANTHE JERROLD (1898-1977)
(née Bridgeman)
Largely forgotten now, Jerrold was once a praised member of the Detection Club, as well as a mainstream novelist; titles include Dead Man’s Quarry (1930), Seaside Comedy (1934), The Dogs Do Bark (1936), and The Coming of Age (1950).

(married name Harwood)
Novelist, historian, and criminologist known for The Lacquer Lady (1929), about life at the Burmese Royal Palace, and A Pin to See the Peepshow (1934), a novel about a famous murder case, both reprinted by Virago in the 1980s.

(married name Simson, aka Jane Starr, aka Stella Simson???)
Sister of F. Tennyson Jesse and author of Eve in Egypt (1929), about a young woman's travels; her Times obituary says she also wrote novels as Stella Simson, but if so no trace of them seems to remain.

NATALIE JOAN (c1886-1956)
(pseudonym of Natalie Joe Engleheart, née Davy)
Founder of Moffats prep school and author of fiction and poetry for very young and for older children, including such works as The Hunter Children (1922), Jess of Top Farm (1924), The Forest Children (1927), and Three for Luck (1935), as well as two titles in the Ameliaranne series.

KATHERINE JOHN (1906-1984)
(née Gower)
Critic, translator from Scandinavian languages into English, and author, with her husband Romilly John, of a single well-received mystery novel, Death by Request (1933), which was reprinted by Hogarth Crime in the 1980s.

(full name Anna Dorothy Philippa Johnson)
Author of four novels, at least one of which, The Death of a Spinster (1931) appears to be a thriller; the others are Doris (1925), To Meet Mr. Stanley (1926), and Private Inquiries (1932).

(married names Stewart and Snow, aka Nap Lombard [with Gordon Neil Stewart])
Popular author of satirical novels, of which The Unspeakable Skipton (1959), based on the life of the infamous Baron Corvo, is often regarded as her best; others include This Bed Thy Centre (1935), the wartime novels The Family Pattern (1942) and Winter Quarters (1943), and Catherine Carter (1952), as well as two early pseudonymous mysteries with her first husband.

Author of six novels of dark psychological drama; Hanging Johnny (1927), about "a misunderstood executioner," Relentless (1930), The Maiden (1932), The Rising (1939), Amiel (1941), about the horrors of war, and A Robin Redbreast in a Cage (1950), about an acquitted murderer.

(married names Gill and Roworth)
Daughter of calligrapher Edward Johnston, known for his lettering for the London Tube; author of five novels, including The Narrow World (1930), set in a girls' school, and its sequel, Green Girl (1931), as well as That Summer (1933), Burnt Mallow (1936) and The Sound of Flutes (1947).

VICKI JOHNSTONE (dates unknown)
More research needed; author of a single girls' school story, The Phantom Family (1948), but little else is known about her.

MRS. JOHN SWIFT JOLY (c1877-1946)
(pseudonym of Mary Totenham Joly, née Fitzpatrick)
Apparently the author of a single novel, with the unusual title Those—Dash—Amateurs (1918); presumably the "Dash" indicates an expletive?

(married name Chesterton, aka John Keith Prothero, aka Anne Page, aka Mrs. Cecil Chesterton)
Journalist, founder of Cecil Houses for homeless women, and novelist; G. K. Chesterton’s sister-in-law; best known for journalism about slum life, such as In Darkest London (1926), but she also wrote several novels, including Motley & Tinsel (1911) and Diamond Cut Diamond (1932).

Annabel Jones

(married name Lucas)
Author of several acclaimed novels in the 1920s, including Quiet Interior (1920), which was praised by Katherine Mansfield, The Singing Captives (1922), The Wedgwood Medallion (1923), and Helen and Felicia (1927), about two sisters and the complications when one of them marries.

(full name Christiana Vernon Jope-Slade, married name Clark)
Author of at least 20 novels 1917-1952 which sound like romances; my favorite title is The Little Girl Who Kept Fairies (1924); others include Letters to My Unborn Son (1917), The Bread and Butter Marriage (1920), The Cuckoo's Nest (1922), The Madonna of the Clutching Hands (1927), Ice Cold Marriage (1932), and The Enchanted Swan (1952).

L. E. Elliott Joyce

A[LICIA]. M[ARIA]. JUDD (1851-1929)
London author about whom little is known apart from the titles of her six novels—A Daughter of Lilith (1899), Pharoah's Turquoise (1906), For a Woman's Memory (1908), A Soul's Burden (1911), Lot's Wife (1913), and The White Vampire (1914)—which presumably lean toward the supernatural?

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