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Lanreath romantic novelist Ida Pollock dies, aged 105

By cmjohnw  |  Posted: December 06, 2013

Lanreath romantic novelist Ida Pollock dies, aged 105

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A Cornish writer of romantic fiction has died at the age of 105.

Ida Pollock, a prolific author from Lanreath, midway between Fowey and Looe, had more than 120 books published, many of them by Mills & Boon.

The Romantic Novelists' Association, which was co-founded by Ms Pollock, and which awarded her the title of honorary vice-president, confirmed her death.

Mrs Pollock was born in Lewisham, south-east London in 1908, and began writing short stories after inheriting a love of reading from her mother.

Her first novel Coloured Palanquins and Coloured Lanterns was published in the mid-1930s under the name Joan Allen - other names she used included Anita Charles, Averil Ives and Marguerite Bell.

At one time, she released 40 books in five years, saying publishers were keen for her novels to have plots involving "a rather hard-up young woman and a rich overlord".

She said she got started by writing short stories after her mother bought her a typewriter: "Writing was the thing I loved, long before I had any romance. It was an instinctive part of life."

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