Ida Pollock

Ida Pollock

British writer
Date of Birth: 12.04.1908
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Ida Pollock
  2. The Queen of Romance Novels
  3. The Oldest Author of Romantic Stories
  4. Family and Autobiography

Biography of Ida Pollock

Ida Crowe was born on April 12, 1908, in Lewisham, Southeast London. Her birth circumstances themselves resemble a novel - she was the illegitimate daughter of an Englishwoman who married an elderly widower and a Russian prince. At birth, the baby was almost suffocated with a pillow and she was raised by her wealthy uncle. As a teenager, Ida began writing thrillers and completed her first novel, 'The Hills of Raven's Haunt', at the age of 14. By the age of 20, she was already publishing stories in magazines, and in the early 1930s, she dedicated herself entirely to writing and switched from thrillers to romance novels, starting a long series of pseudonyms.

Ida Pollock

The Queen of Romance Novels

Ida Pollock is a British writer and the author of numerous short stories and over a hundred romance novels, which she published under various pseudonyms. She is also an oil painter, and in 2004, her paintings were selected to participate in a national exhibition. According to the 'queen of romance novels', a romantic story is not only a romantic story. It is also an adventure, a mystery, and an action. A good romance novel needs dramatic settings - Ida always loved the Swiss Alps - and a chance encounter, whether on a train or a cruise liner. As a last resort, the hero and heroine can always find each other on a deserted island after a shipwreck. The hero is better off being rich and mature - youths and old men are not suitable for this role - while the heroine should try to make herself less attractive. And, without exception, every romance novel must have a happy ending!

The Oldest Author of Romantic Stories

At the age of 105, Ida Pollock is currently the world's oldest author of romantic stories, which can be called modern fairy tales. Her 123 novels depict beautiful maidens and courageous gentlemen, who breathe and exchange chaste kisses. Over the span of more than eighty years, Ida has sold millions of her books and gained millions of fans. She still writes, and soon her latest novel, titled 'The Runaway', will be published. Her books published under pseudonyms such as Susan Barrie, Pamela Kent, Averil Ives, Anita Charles, Barbara Rowan, Jane Beaufort, Rose Burghley, Mary Whistler, and Marguerite Bell, are particularly famous.

Family and Autobiography

Ida Pollock and her husband, Hugh Alexander Pollock (1888–1971), a lieutenant colonel, a veteran of World War I, Winston Churchill's colleague, and an editor, had a daughter named Rosemary Pollock, who followed in her mother's footsteps and became a renowned writer. Ida's autobiography, 'Starlight', was published in November 2009, telling the story of her long life, career, marriage, and her husband's complicated relationship with his ex-wife, children's writer Enid Blyton. Since 1986, Ida Pollock has lived in Lanreath, Cornwall. While she can no longer spend days and nights at the typewriter, she is still capable of dictating to her 69-year-old daughter, who has been assisting her mother in her projects for many years.

It seems that she was born to write novels full of hope and romance, and throughout her long life, this occupation has never bored or disappointed her.