Verily Anderson

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Verily Anderson (12 January 1915 – 16 July 2010) was a British author, best known for writing the screenplay of the 1960 film No Kidding,[1] based on her 1958 book Beware of Children, for writing Brownie books and writing genealogical books about the Gurney, Barclay and Buxton families.

Biography[edit]

Born as Verily Bruce on 12 January 1915[2] in Edgbaston, Birmingham,[3] she was the daughter of Francis Rosslyn Courtenay Bruce and Rachel Gurney, the fourth of her parents' five children.[4]

Verily Bruce was educated at Edgbaston High School for Girls, Birmingham, between the ages of 4 and 7, then she attended Normanhurst School in Battle, Sussex. At 16, she went to Royal College of Music in London. She was in the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry between 1938 and 1941.

On 2 August 1940 she married Captain Donald Clive Anderson, son of Frank Anderson, thereafter using the name Verily Anderson for her writing. She was with the BBC in TV and radio between 1946 and 2002, working on Woman's Hour and writing TV plays.

On 10 August 1971, she married Paul Edward Paget.

She last resided in Northrepps, Norfolk, where she died at home on 16 July 2010, just after completing a book.[5] She is buried with her husband Paul Paget in neighbouring Sidestrand.

Children[edit]

Children of Verily Bruce and Captain Donald Clive Anderson.[2]
1. Marian O'Hare, designer
2. Rachel Anderson is also a writer mostly of children’s literature
3. Eddie Anderson is a television producer.
4. Janie Anderson (now Janie Hampton) is a writer and radio presenter
5. Alexandra Walker (née Anderson) is a literacy tutor to young people.

Gurney family history and genealogy[edit]

Verily Anderson was the author two books about the Gurney, Barclay and Buxton families:

  • Northrepps Grandchildren (ISBN 1-898030-67-7)
    • Northrepps is a large manor house near Cromer, Norfolk, that has been occupied by the same family for more than eight generations. This family now has thousands of members; many of whom have made their mark on British society. Notable are Thomas Fowell Buxton, of slave emancipation fame, and Elizabeth Fry, the social reformer. For the Buxton, Barclay and Gurney families, Northrepps has been a central focus for many years; Verily Anderson recalls living there, and provides a close-up account of family life through the eyes of the many children who used the house over generations.
  • Friends and Relations (ISBN 1-898030-84-7). A detailed family history of the Gurney family, using information from family records.

Books[edit]

Brownie books[edit]

  • Brownies' Day Abroad, 1984.[2]
  • Brownies' Cook-Book, 1974.[2]
  • Towards the Golden Hand. A play for Brownies; 1948.[6]
  • Magic for the Golden Bar, 1953.[6]
  • Amanda and the Brownies. Illustrated by Joan Milroy; 1960.[6]
  • The Brownies and the Ponies. Illustrated by Edgar Norfield; 1965.
  • The Brownies and the Christening, 1977.[6]
  • The Brownies and the Wedding Day, 1974.[6]
  • Brownies on Wheels, 1966.[6]
  • The Brownies and the Golden Hand. Illustrated by Edgar Norfield; 1963.[6]

Other children's books[edit]

  • Vanload to Venice. Illustrated by Margaret Ingram; 1961.[6]
  • Camp Fire Cook-Book, 1976.[7]
  • Clover Coverdale, 1966.[8]

Autobiography[edit]

  • Our Square, 1957.[2]
  • Scrambled Egg for Christmas; line drawings by Marian O'Hare; 1970.[2]
  • Spam Tomorrow, 1956.[2]
  • Beware of Children, 1958.[2]
  • Daughters of Divinity, 1960.[2]
  • The Flo Affair, 1963.[2]
  • Nine Times Never. Illustrated by Edward Lewis; 1962.[6]
  • The Yorks in London. Illustrated by Nathaniel Mayer; 1964.

Biography[edit]

  • The Last of the Eccentrics: A Life of Rosslyn Bruce, 1972.[2]
  • The Northrepps Grandchildren, 1968.[2]
  • 'The De Veres of Castle Hedingham, 1993.[2]
  • Friends and Relations, 1980.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Obituary London Guardian, 29 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Lundy, Darryl. "Verily Bruce". The Peerage. [unreliable source?]
  3. ^ Rosie Staal, "Obituary – Verily Anderson", 4 June 2012. First published in The Times, August 2010.
  4. ^ Janie Hampton, "Verily Anderson: Writer of humorous, optimistic children's books and memoirs" (obituary), The Independent, 3 August 2010.
  5. ^ Batson, Richard (20 July 2010). "Tributes paid to Norfolk author Verily Anderson". Eastern Daily Press (Norwich, England: Archant Regional). Retrieved July 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j British Library Catalogue
  7. ^ www.amazon.co.uk
  8. ^ "Clover Coverdale" at Amazon.

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