Lucilla Andrews

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Lucilla Matthew Andrews Crichton
Born 20 November 1919
Suez, Egypt
Died 3 October 2006
Edinburgh, Scotland
Pen name Lucilla Andrews,
Diana Gordon,
Joanna Marcus
Occupation Nurse, novelist
Nationality British
Period 1954–1996
Genres Medical romance

Lucilla Matthew Andrews Crichton (20 November 1919 – 3 October 2006) was a British romantic novelist who wrote as Lucilla Andrews.

She joined the British Red Cross in 1940 and later trained as a nurse at St Thomas' Hospital, London, during World War II.

She was a founder member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, which honoured her shortly before her death with a lifetime achievement award.[1]

As a writer of thirty-five novels over the period 1954–96[2] she specialised in hospital romances. Her noms de plume included Diana Gordon and Joanna Marcus.

In late 2006, Lucilla Andrews' autobiography No Time for Romance became the focus of a posthumous controversy. It has been alleged that the novelist Ian McEwan plagiarised from this work while writing his novel, Atonement. McEwan has protested his innocence.[3][4][5]

Quotes[edit]

  • It was ironic that even my small triumphs were not attributed to me. (Pippa Dexter: in "Pippa's Story", 29 June 1968 Woman's Weekly page 17)

Bibliography[edit]

As Lucilla Andrews[edit]

Single novels[edit]

  • The Print Petticoat (1954)
  • The Secret Armour (1955)
  • The Quiet Wards (1956)
  • The First Year (1957)
  • A Hospital Summer (1958)
  • The Wife of the Red-Haired Man (1959)
  • My Friend the Professor (1960)
  • Nurse Errant (1961)
  • Flowers from the Doctor (1963)
  • The Young Doctors Downstairs (1963)
  • The New Sister Theatre (1964)
  • A House for Sister Mary (1966)
  • The Light in the Ward (1966)
  • Hospital Circles (1967)
  • Highland Interlude (1968)
  • The Healing Time (1969)
  • Edinburgh Excursion (1970)
  • Ring O'Roses (1972)
  • Silent Song (1973)
  • In Storm and in Calm (1975)
  • Busman's Holiday (1978)
  • The Crystal Gull (1978)
  • One Night in London (1979)
  • Weekend in the Garden (1981)
  • In an Edinburgh Drawing Room (1983)
  • After a Famous Victory (1984)
  • Lights of London (1985)
  • The Phoenix Syndrome (1987)
  • Frontline 1940 (1990)
  • The Africa Run (1993)
  • Endel House (1993)
  • The Sinister Side (1996)

Serialised novels[edit]

  • The Golden Hour (Woman and Home; 1955-6)
  • Pippa's Story (Woman's Weekly; 1968)

Omnibus[edit]

  • My Friend the Professor / Highland Interlude / Ring O' Roses (1979)

Non fiction[edit]

  • No Time for Romance (1977)

As Diana Gordon[edit]

Single novels[edit]

  • A Few Days in Endel (1967)

As Joanna Marcus[edit]

Single novels[edit]

  • Marsh Blood (1980)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Langdon, Julia (17 October 2006). "Lucilla Andrews". Guardian Online Obituaries (London). Retrieved 20 October 2006. 
  2. ^ BBC – Radio 4 – Last Word
  3. ^ "An inspiration, yes. Did I copy from another author? No". Guardian Online (London). 27 November 2006. Retrieved 27 November 2006. 
  4. ^ Hoyle, Ben (27 November 2006). "McEwan hits back at call for atonement". The Times (UK). Retrieved 27 November 2006. 
  5. ^ "McEwan accused of copying writers memoirs". PR inside. Retrieved 27 November 2006. 

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