Prolific romance author Ida Pollock has died aged 105. Pollock’s writing career stretched over more than 90 years and included more than 120 romance novels, most of which were written under pseudonyms, including Joan Allen, Susan Barrie, Pamela Kent, Jane Beaufort,Anita Charles, Averil Ives and Marguerite Bell.
Ida and her daughter Rosemary had been living in Lanreath near Looe, Cornwall, since 1986. In her final years Ida no longer sat at the typewriter but dictated to her daughter Rosemary. Many of her male leads were said to be based on her husband, Hugh Pollock. Hugh’s first marriage was to another prolific writer, the beloved children’s author Enid Blyton. Enid and Hugh separated around the time he met Ida and Enid met her future husband Kenneth.
Ida gave an interview earlier this year to announce the publication of her 124th book, The Runaway.