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At 105, world’s oldest romantic novelist pens 124th book

ANI  London, April 30, 2013
First Published: 15:32 IST(30/4/2013) | Last Updated: 02:10 IST(1/5/2013)

World’s oldest romantic novelist Ida Pollock has released her 124th book. She is 105.


Pollock has written 123 books full of adventure, passion and heartbreak including White Heat, Mountain of Dreams, Love in the Afternoon and The Man Who Came Back.

Her stories, including 70 for Mills and Boon, have sold millions of copies in over 70 years as a writer but she has avoided the limelight by using 10 pseudonyms.

According to the Mirror, she has only written a handful of novels under her own name.

Pen names she has used include Susan Barrie, Pamela Kent, Averil Ives, Rose Burghley, Mary Whistler and Marguerite Bell.

She was born in Lewisham, South London, and based many of her swarthy male heroes on late husband Colonel Hugh Pollock, who died aged 82 in 1971.

Col Pollock was Winston Churchill’s editor and had previously been married to children’s author Enid Blyton.

Pollock wrote her first thriller, ‘The Hills of Raven’s Haunt’, aged 14 and became a full-time writer in the 1930s when she penned a romance series under the name Joan Allen.

She takes six weeks to write a novel and at her most prolific phase produced 40 books in five years.

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