Derek Parker

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Derek Parker (born 1932) is a British writer and broadcaster. He is the author of numerous works on literature, ballet, and opera, and with his wife Julia of several books about astrology.[1]

Biography[edit]

He was born in Looe, Cornwall, and educated at Fowey Grammar School (1941–49). He worked as reporter with The Cornishman (Penzance) (1949–55) then as drama critic with The Western Morning News (Plymouth) (1956–70).[2]

Publications[edit]

As sole author[edit]

  • The Fall of Phaethon (1954)
  • Beyond Wisdom (verse play, 1957)
  • Byron and his World (1968)
  • The Twelfth Rose (ballet libretto, 1969)
  • The Question of Astrology (1970)
  • The Westcountry (1973)
  • John Donne and his World (1975)
  • Familiar to All: William Lilly and 17th century astrology (1975)
  • Radio: the great years (1977)
  • The Westcountry and the Sea (1980)
  • The Memoirs of Cora Pearl (1983, fiction, as William Blatchford)
  • The Eros Series of 15 erotic novels, published anonymously (1988–94)
  • God of the Dance: Vaslav Nijinsky (1988)
  • The Trade of Angels (1988, fiction)
  • The Royal Academy of Dancing: the first 75 years (1995)
  • Writing Erotic Fiction (1995)
  • Nell Gwyn (2000)
  • Roman Murder Mystery: the true story of Pompilia (2001)
  • Casanova (2002)
  • Cellini (2004)
  • Voltaire (2005)
  • The Trampled Wife: the scandalous life of Mary Eleanor Bowes (2006)
  • Outback: the discovery of Australia's interior (2007)
  • Banjo Paterson: the man who wrote Waltzing Matilda (2009)
  • Arthur Phillip: Australia's first Governor (2010)
  • Governor Macquarie: his life, times and revolutionary vision for Australia (2010)

As joint author[edit]

In collaboration with Paul Casimir
  • Company of Two (1955)
In collaboration with Julia Parker
  • The Compleat Astrologer (1971)
  • The Compleat Lover (1972)
  • Derek and Julia Parker's Love Signs (1973)
  • The Compleat Astrologers' Love Signs (1974)
  • The Immortals (1976)
  • The Story and the Song: British musical comedy, (1979)
  • How do you Know Who you Are? (1980)
  • Do It Yourself Health (1982)
  • A History of Astrology (1983)
  • The New Compleat Astrologer (1984)
  • Dreaming (1985)
  • Life Signs (1986)
  • A Traveller's Guide to Egypt (1986)
  • The Future Now (1988)
  • A Traveller's Guide to Cyprus (1989)
  • A World Atlas of the Supernatural (1990)
  • The Secret World of your Dreams (1990)
  • Parkers' Astrology (1991)
  • The Power of Magic (1992)
  • The Sun and Moon Signs Library (1992)
  • Face Facts (1993)
  • The Complete Book of Dreams (1995)
  • Love Signs (1996)
  • Parkers' Astrology Pack (1997)
  • Parkers' Prediction Pack (1998)
  • The KISS Guide to Astrology (2000)
  • The Companion Guide to Astrology (2008)
  • Parkers' Encyclopedia of Astrology (2010)
  • Building Sydney's History (2011)

As editor[edit]

  • Poetry Review (1966–70)
  • Selected Letters of Edith Sitwell (1970, with John Lehmann)
  • The Author (1974–2002)
  • Sacheverell Sitwell: a symposium (1975)
  • An Anthology of Erotic Verse (1980)
  • An Anthology of Erotic Prose (1981)
  • Love Confessed (1983)
  • The Kings of England (1995)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Derek Parker". Dorling Kindersley, NY. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Derek and Julia Parker's Booksite". Parkeriters. Retrieved 2010-09-08.