Tomorrow I Will Clean the Brass by Eleanor Burford

Below are photos of the pages from Eleanor Burford’s short story, Tomorrow I Will Clean the Brass, in the periodical Penguin Parade dated 1945. It is about a wife who has been driven to murder her husband because of his neglect and parsimonious ways, and the means she found to accomplish it without detection.   CLICK THE PHOTOS TO ENLARGE PAGE 93 PAGE 94 PAGE 95 PAGE 96 PAGE 97 PAGE 98 PAGE 99 PAGE 100 PAGE 101 PAGE 102

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Today is Eleanor Hibbert’s 111th Birthday

Every year I try to come up with a special post for this day–preferably a new book review or feature article. This year, as I’ve only had the chance to read a single Victoria Holt book so far, I’ve decided to do an update post. Firstly, I created a Forum by request of a member of the Jean Plaidy/Victoria Holt/Philippa Carr Facebook Group. Thus far we have about 8 legitimate members, and I continue to delete spam accounts frequently. There

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Reading Jean Plaidy Improved My Vocabulary

When I started reading Jean Plaidy books at the age of 24, I quickly noticed I’d need to keep a dictionary handy for the many words I’d either never heard of or rarely used in everyday conversation. I’m not sure why I decided to keep a running list, but for several years I would regularly jot them down (as seen in the photo). Now, 14 years later, I’ve noticed I use many of these words and I know the definitions.

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Author’s Note: For a Queen’s Love (The Spanish Bridegroom)

BOOK DESCRIPTION: Set against the glittering courts of sixteenth-century Europe, the Spain of the dreaded Inquisition, and the tortured England of Bloody Mary, For a Queen’s Love is the story of Philip II of Spain—and of the women who loved him as a husband and father. Philip was a dark and troubled man, who, like many royals, had been robbed of his childhood. His first marriage, a romantic union with childlike Maria Manoela, brought him tragedy and a troublesome son,

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review: The Time of the Hunter’s Moon

The Time of the Hunter’s Moon by Victoria Holt Cordelia Grant, an English student at an exclusive finishing school in Switzerland, is enjoying her final term and looking forward to going home to her beloved aunt Patty and working as a schoolmistress. Cordelia and her friends decide to go on one last adventure together after hearing the local legend set during the Hunter’s Moon. It’s said that in a certain spot in the forest, one’s future husband will make an

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review: Bride of Pendorric

Bride of Pendorric by Victoria Holt Nineteen-year-old Favel Farrington has lived most of her life with her parents on the Italian island of Capri. Having spent her younger years at the boarding school her mother attended in England, she never thought she’d go back, but her life is forever changed when Roc Pendorric of Cornwall walks into her father’s art studio. Before long she is married and journeying to an ancient and formidable ancestral home to meet complete strangers who

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The Queen and Lord M

I recently finished a book about the young Queen Victoria and her first Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne, titled Victoria by Daisy Goodwin. It sparked my interest in Plaidy’s version, The Queen and Lord M, which I have not read–although I have read the subsequent novel, The Queen’s Husband. The Queen and Lord M book description “On the morning of 20th June 1837, an eighteen-year-old girl is called from her bed to be told that she is Queen of England. The

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Lilith by Kathleen Kellow

Here’s another beautiful cover submitted by Oliver Carter from the UK! Lilith was first published by Robert Hale in 1954 under the pseudonym Kathleen Kellow, and later reprinted under the Jean Plaidy pen name. “For Amanda Leigh, only child of a stern, pious aristocrat, life is very dreary until a new servant joins the household. Uneducated Lilith Tremorney is irrepressible, refusing to settle for the degrading subservience life offers people of her class. Amanda and Lilith form a lifelong friendship

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Audio Interview with Jean Plaidy

Desert Island Discs – Castaway : Jean Plaidy This is BBC’s Roy Plomley interviewing Jean Plaidy in June 1972. Click below for the audio from BBC’s website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009nbnm Special thanks to Pauline of the Jean Plaidy / Victoria Holt Facebook Group who found the link originally on the website Eleanor Hibbert Explained. I typed the below transcript by ear, so there may be some mistakes and discrepancies. Roy: Miss Plaidy, are you a Londoner? Plaidy: Yes. Roy: How old were

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To Meet a Stranger by Eleanor Burford

Plaidy fan, Oliver Carter from the UK, sent this cover over to me to add to the site. To Meet a Stranger was published by Boons & Mill in 1957, and is a hard to find novel from the pen name Eleanor Burford. The author published under this pseudonym between 1941-1962 with a total of 32 books (complete list and some photos can be found here). From Book and Magazine Collector regarding Mrs. Hibbert’s penning of the Burford novels: It

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