The Queen of Romance

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The Queen of Romance

The first biography of the bestselling author and journalist Marguerite Jervis

By Liz Jones

This lively and compelling biography reveals how Marguerite Jervis dealt in both illusion and self-delusion, and deftly unfolds the ways in which this apparently indefatigable novelist and owner of two theatre companies adopted multiple identities and kept reinventing herself, from London’s West End to West Wales. Angela V John

Biography, Featured, Non-Fiction

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Daughter of an officer of the Indian Medical Corps, Marguerite Florence Laura Jarvis (1886 – 1964) was born in Burma and became one of the most successful novelists of her time.

During the course of her 60-year career, Marguerite published over 140 books, with 11 novels adapted for film, including The Pleasure Garden (1925), the directorial debut of Alfred Hitchcock. In her heyday she sold hundreds of thousands of novels, but is now largely forgotten; under numerous pseudonyms she wrote for newspapers, women’s magazines and the silent movie screen; she married one of Wales most controversial literary figures, Caradoc Evans. She also trained as an actress and was a theatrical impresario. Known variously as Mrs Caradoc Evans, Oliver Sandys, Countess Barcynska and many other pseudonyms, who was she really?

Liz Jones has dug deep beneath the tale told in Marguerite Jervis’s own somewhat romanticised memoir to reveal what made this driven and determined woman. And what turned her from a spoilt child of the English middle classes to a workaholic who could turn her hand to any literary endeavour and who became a runaway popular success during the most turbulent years of the 20th century.



Reviews


This eminently readable biography, meticulously researched, of the life and times of a largely forgotten but remarkable woman will now be her fitting epitaph.
Lyn Ebenezer


"[Marguerite was] very much her own woman, blessed with titanic amounts of energy, a flamboyance which made her stand out in London let alone the countryside of Wales and a boundless gift for storytelling and self-promotion. The Queen of Romance is very well researched and jauntily written, full of the vim and personality of its subject. When you close its pages you can see Marguerite smile."
Jon Gower, Nation.Cymru



Foreword:
ISBN: 9781912905119
Language: English
Categories: Biography, Featured, Non-Fiction
First Published by Honno: 6th May 2021




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