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One of my greatest pleasures was, and still is, exploring London. In the s Eleanor Hibbert worked for a jeweller in Hatton Garden, where she weighed gems and typed. There were old tennis-courts - the Tudor kind where Henry VIII was said to have played; and gardens filled with winter heather, jasmine and yellow chrysanthemums.
Eleanor Hibbert died aboard the cruise ship Sea Princess in The ship is seen here in at Venice. When she was quite young, her health forced her to be privately educated at home.
At the age of 16 she went to a business college, where she studied shorthandtypewritingand languages. She then worked for a jeweller in Hatton Gardenwhere she weighed gems and typed. She also worked as a language interpreter in a cafe for French and German speaking tourists.
The cruise would take her to exotic destinations like Egypt and Australia, locations that she later incorporated into her novels. It all set me going, it all started from there.
View of the Great Gatehouse from the outside.
Eleanor Hibbert grew up in LondonHibbert first discovered her fascination for the past when she visited Hampton Court in her teenage years.
She was also influenced by her regular visits to British historic homes and their architecture. In later life, Hibbert took a world cruise every year. These exotic destinations serve as the backdrop in later Victoria Holt novels. In the late s, Hibbert spent two months visiting the Australian goldfields 40 miles north of Melbourneresearch for her Victoria Holt novel, The Shadow of the Lynx.
When I finish one book I start on the next. Early work[ edit ] During the s, Hibbert wrote nine long novels each aboutwords in lengthall of them serious psychological studies of contemporary life. At the same time, she wrote short stories for newspapers such as the Daily Mail and Evening News.
The book was published under her maiden name, Eleanor Burford, which was also used for her contemporary novels. Following the success of the book, Hibbert was contracted by Herbert Jenkins publishers to write one book a year.
Swan, a London publisher.
The publisher Robert Hale accepted the page manuscript after it had been rejected by several others. Heath"Will you tell this author that there are glittering prizes ahead for those who can write as she does?
The first, A Triptych of Poisonerswas a collection of short biographies of poisoners: The other three were a trilogy on the Spanish Inquisition: From to Hibbert wrote four novels as Elbur Ford, a pen name derived from her maiden name, Eleanor Burford.
These novels were based on real-life murderers of the nineteenth century: Between and Hibbert used the pseudonym Kathleen Kellow to write eight novels that were mostly crime and mystery fiction.
Rebecca is the atmospheric suspense type of book mine are. Its setting in Cornwall made the resemblance to Rebecca so remarkable that it was speculated that Victoria Holt was a pseudonym for Daphne du Maurier.
Hibbert never used that pen name again.
She created her last pseudonym, Philippa Carr, in at the suggestion of her publisher, Collinsto create a new series showing successive generations of English gentlewomen involved in important historical events starting with the Reformation and ending with World War II.
Her books written under this pseudonym were popular with the general public and were also hailed by critics and historians for their historical accuracy, quality of writing, and attention to detail.Since we’re on a bit of an m/m roll right now, I thought I’d put this up ’cause I’ve been getting requests for more!
Anne: Hey Maryse – loving the m/m reads that you have recommended recently. Do you think.
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