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Jane from Dorset

I remember The Woods of Windri and The House of the Paladin from childhood.
One doesn’t hear her mentioned often theses days, except by my friend who was searching for The Bell of the Four Evangelists.


Jane, she sounds very much as though she might deserve a revival! I'm going to look out for her books.


I have not read her but I have somewhere in my house The Horns of Merlyns and must go and dig it out!


Exciting, Diana!

Fran H-B

What a fascinating discovery. A new-to -you author who wrote prolifically sounds just the thing to explore on cold winter afternoons.


It does indeed, Fran.


I have read most of the titles which are quite easy to get (The White Peacock is a scarce one). Three I think were published in the Collins Seagull Library and so were widely available. Most of the books have a Ruritanian setting, which is hard to date. She is a collectable author and I believe there is a Violet Needham Society. I'm not a fan and sold on most of the titles I picked up over the years.


Interesting to hear that; thank you, Barbara.

Erika W.

What joy to first discover Violet Needham, even as as adult. My sister and I lived on VN's oaks, as young girls, and I still revisit them frequently
Her Ruritanian-style books are much the best, running from thr Middle Ages to modern times.
We were introduced to them by the BBC children's hour running The Emerald Crown as a serial.--one of her best.


Thank you, Erika - wonderful that the books made such an impression!

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