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Summary Article: Cartland, Dame (Mary) Barbara Hamilton
from Chambers Biographical Dictionary


English popular romantic novelist

She was born in Edgbaston, Birmingham, and was step-grandmother of Diana, Princess of Wales. She published her first novel, Jigsaw, in 1923, and throughout her life produced well over 600 bestselling books, mostly novels of chaste romantic love designed for female readers, but also including biographies and books on food, health and beauty, and several volumes of autobiography. She earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records for writing 26 books in the year 1983. An ardent advocate of health foods and fitness for the elderly, she championed causes like the St John's Ambulance Brigade and the provision of campsites for Romany Gypsies. She was made DBE in 1991.

  • The Years of Opportunity, 1939-1945 (1948).
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