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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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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108th Birthday: Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert

Each year on September 1st I endeavor to write a post, a review or some other type of remembrance for Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert’s day of birth, September 1st, however this year–though I’ve had some ideas rolling around–I’ve not had the time to execute a well-written piece. Since joining the Historical Novel Society editing team in June, I’ve had to spend most of my free time learning the ropes and committing to a schedule, which is not an easy feat

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Eleanor Hibbert: Letter about Jane Shore in The Goldsmith’s Wife by Jean Plaidy

**This was originally posted on my other website (historical-fiction.com) on 2/6/2013.** Just days after the announcement that confirmed Richard III’s remains were found, I received this correspondence (purchased from a document seller on eBay) between Eleanor Hibbert (Jean Plaidy, Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, Eleanor Burford, Elbur Ford, Kathleen Kellow, Ellalice Tate, Anna Percival) and a reader from the University of Illinois English Department on Jane Shore, and along with her a mention of “the enigmatical Richard III”. This prompted me

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A birthday remembrance: September 1, 1906

This year I have been attempting to read one book per month by Hibbert, and while I haven’t quite kept up, I have read a great mix of the pseudonyms: Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt, Alexa by Eleanor Burford, The Young Elizabeth, The Young Mary Queen of Scots, Queen Jezebel, Meg Roper, and (started) The Lion of Justice by Jean Plaidy — and plan to read Saint or Sinner? by Eleanor Burford, Such Bitter Business by Elbur Ford, another

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