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Monica Dickens


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Great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens

MONICA DICKENS, born in 1915, was brought up in London. Her mother's German origins and her Catholicism gave her the detached eye of an outsider; at St Paul's Girls' School she was under occupied and rebellious. After drama school she was a debutante before working as a cook. One Pair of Hands (1937), her first book, described life in the kitchens of Kensington. It was the first of a group of semi autobiographies of which Mariana (1940), technically a novel, was one. 'My aim is to entertain rather than instruct,' she wrote. 'I want readers to recognise life in my books.' In 1951 Monica Dickens married a US naval officer, Roy Stratton, moved to America and adopted two daughters. An extremely popular writer, she involved herself in, and wrote about, good causes such as the Samaritans. After her husband died she lived in a cottage in rural Berkshire, dying there in 1992.
 

Genres: Children's Fiction
 
Series
Follyfoot
   1. Cobbler's Dream (1963)
     aka New Arrival At Follyfoot
   2. Follyfoot (1971)
   3. Dora At Follyfoot (1972)
   4. The Horses of Follyfoot (1975)
   5. Stranger At Follyfoot (1976)
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Messenger
   1. The Messenger (1985)
   2. The Ballad of Favour (1985)
   3. Cry of a Seagull (1986)
   4. The Haunting of Bellamy 4 (1986)
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Novels
   Mariana (1940)
   The Fancy (1943)
   Thursday Afternoons (1945)
   The Happy Prisoner (1946)
   Joy and Josephine (1948)
   Portobello Road (1948)
   Flowers On The Grass (1949)
   No More Meadows (1953)
     aka The Nightingales Are Singing
   The Winds of Heaven (1955)
   The Angel in the Corner (1956)
   Man Overboard (1958)
   The Heart of London (1961)
   Kate & Emma (1964)
   The Room Upstairs (1966)
   The Land Lord's Daughter (1968)
   The End of the Line (1970)
   The Listeners (1970)
   The Great Escape (1971)
   The Great Fire (1973)
   Last Year When I Was Young (1974)
     aka Yesterday When I Was Young
   Dear Doctor Lily (1988)
   Enchantment (1989)
   Closed At Dusk (1990)
   Scarred (1991)
   One of the Family (1993)
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Collections
   Selected Works (1978)
   Nursing Stories (1979) (with others)
   Horse and Pony Stories (1986) (with others)
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Non fiction
   One Pair Of Hands (1937)
   One Pair of Feet (1942)
   Yours Sincerely (1948) (with Beverley Nichols)
   My Turn to Make the Tea (1951)
   Talking of Horses (1973)
   An Open Book (1978)
   Is Anyone There? (1978) (with Rosemary Sutcliff)
   View from the Seesaw (1986) (with Louis and Dorothy Sternburg)
   Befriending (1996)
   Chronicle of a Working Life (2004)
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