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 Ida Pollock

Ida Pollock has written over a hundred widely published novels under various pseudonyms: Marguerite Bell, Susan Barrie, Jane Beaufort, Averil Ives, Pamela Kent, Barbara Rowan and Mary Whistler. She once explained her multiple identities in terms of being in print with several major international publishers at the same time.
Born near London in 1908, Ida is still actively pursuing her literary career aged 100 years from her home in a beautiful Cornish village.

From the age of ten, she knew she wanted to write and within a few years some of her stories were in major magazines. Amongst the many interesting figures she met through her work was Major Hugh Pollock, who was then a book editor with the publisher George Newnes. A later chance encounter with him, in the dark days at the beginning of World War II, was to change her life. Hugh was back in the army and Commandant of a school for Home Guard officers. Feeling Ida should be out of London, he offered her a post as civilian secretary. She accepted, and as the months went by their relationship intensified. In May 1942, he was sent overseas and Ida came close to being killed by a bombing raid. The following year, however, they were married in London's battered Guildhall register office and soon had a daughter, Rosemary, now also a writer.
After the war Hugh experienced problems, mostly financial, and a determined Ida plunged back into her literary work. It was not long before she was writing for five publishers under six pseudonyms and becoming hugely popular right across the world. She travelled widely and lived in many parts of England as well as abroad prior to Hugh’s death in Malta in 1971.
In her later career, Ida became disenchanted with contemporary romantic fiction and has since concentrated on historical romance. The success of five of her Regency novels prompted Mills & Boon to set up their Masquerade series and she became one of their four founding authors.
In addition to writing, Ida is also an accomplished artist and has been selected for inclusion in a national exhibition. Her autobiography is to be published in 2008.

'Marguerite Bell’s writing is of exceptional quality, and she is certainly an equal to Amanda Quick for historical romance' - Kay Trout.
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