Angela Maria Helps Lambert
|Born||Angela Maria Helps|
14 April 1940
|Died||26 September 2007(aged 67)|
|Pen name||Angela Lambert|
|Spouse||Martin Lambert (1962–1967)|
Angela Lambert (née Angela Maria Helps) (14 April 1940 – 26 September 2007) was a British journalist, art critic and author, best known for the novel A Rather English Marriage, and her novel Kiss and Kin won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award.
Born as Angela Maria Helps to an English civil servant and a German-born housewife. She was unhappy when sent to Wispers School, a girls' boarding school in Sussex, where by the age of 12 she had decided that she wanted to be a writer. She went to St Hilda's College, Oxford, where she read politics, philosophy and economics.
In 1962 she married Martin Lambert, they had a son a daughter, and the union ended five years later, when he left her with two young children to support. She also had other daughter with the Hungarian-born writer Stephen Vizinczey.
Lambert suffered multiple immune disorders and hepatitis C (caught from a blood transfusion) which led to cirrhosis of the liver. Having survived a critical illness in February 2006, she never quite recovered, and became increasingly disabled. She lived in London and France (having bought a house in the Dordogne in 1972). She is survived by TV director Tony Price, her partner of 21 years, and by her son and two daughters.
- Love Among the Single Classes (1989)
- No Talking After Lights (1990)
- A Rather English Marriage (1992)
- The Constant Mistress (1994)
- Kiss and Kin' (1997)
- Golden Lads and Girls (1999)
- The Property of Rain (2001)
- Unquiet Souls: A Social History of the Illustrious, Irreverent, Intimate Group of British Aristocrats Known As "the Souls" (1987)
- 1939: The Last Season of Peace (1989)
- The Lost Life of Eva Braun (2006)