Patricia Robins

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Patricia Robins
Born Patricia Denise Robins
(1921-02-01)1 February 1921
Hove, Sussex, England
Died 3 December 2016(2016-12-03) (aged 95)
Kent, England
Pen name Patricia Robins,
Claire Lorrimer,
Susan Patrick[1]
Occupation Novelist
Nationality British
Genre romance, gothic
Spouse Mr. Clark
Children 3
Relatives Denise Robins (mother),
Kathleen Clarice Louise Cornwell (grandmother),
Adrian Bernard Klein (uncle)
Website
www.clairelorrimer.co.uk

Patricia Denise Robins Clark[1] (1 February 1921 – 4 December 2016) was a British romance novelist, also known as Claire Lorrimer.

Robins came from an artistic family. Her maternal grandfather was Herman Klein, a musician and her maternal grandmother was the writer Kathleen Clarice Groom. Her mother was the popular romance writer Denise Robins, who was the first president of the Romantic Novelists' Association (1960–1966). Her maternal uncle was Adrian Cornwell-Clyne, who wrote books on photography and cinematography, another uncle was an artist, as is her daughter.[2]

Biography[edit]

Robins was born Patricia Denise Robins on 1 February 1921 in Hove, Sussex, England, the daughter of Arthur Robins, a corn broker on the Baltic Exchange and Denise Robins, an author and the first president of the Romantic Novelists' Association (1960–1966). She had two sisters, Eve Louise and Anne Eleanor. She was educated at Parents' National Educational Union at Burgess Hill, Sussex.[3]

Her mother encouraged her to write, and at 12 she published her first children's novellas. She worked with a woman's magazine editorial team and published more children's novellas, she went on to write romance novels like her mother. In the 1967 she started to use the pseudonym Claire Lorrimer to write Gothic romances, and later family sagas.

Patricia Clark lived in rural Kent, she had three children, Ian, Nicky and Graeme, and eight grandchildren, Emily, Jemma, Polly, Charlotte, Thomas, Arthur, Max and Tilly.[2][4]

Bibliography[edit]

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As Patricia Robins[edit]

Children's Books[edit]

  • The Adventures of the Three Baby Bunnies (1934)
  • Tree Fairies (1945)
  • Sea Magic (1946)
  • The Heart of a Rose (1947)
  • The One Hundred Pound Reward (1966)

Romance Novels[edit]

  • To the Stars (1944)
  • See No Evil (1945)
  • Three Loves (1949)
  • Awake My Heart (1950)
  • Beneath the Moon (1951)
  • Leave My Heart Alone (1951)
  • The Fair Deal (1952)
  • So This Is Love (1953)
  • Heart's Desire (1953)
  • Heaven in Our Hearts (1954)
  • One Who Cares (1954)
  • Love Cannot Die (1955)
  • The Foolish Heart (1956)
  • Give All to Love (1956)
  • Where Duty Lies (1957)
  • He Is Mine (1957)
  • Love Must Wait (1958)
  • Lonely Quest (1959)
  • Lady Chatterley's Daughter (1961)
  • The Last Chance (1961)
  • Seven Loves (1962)
  • The Long Wait (1962)
  • The Runaways (1962)
  • With All My Love (1963)
  • The Constant Heart (1964)
  • Any Time At All (1964)
  • The Night Is Thine (1964)
  • Second Love (1964)
  • No More Loving (1965)
  • Topaz Island (1965)
  • There Is But One (1965)
  • The Uncertain Joy (1966)
  • Love Me Tomorrow (1966)
  • The Man Behind the Mask (1967)
  • Sapphire in the sand (1967)
  • Forbidden (1967)
  • Return to Love (1968)
  • No Stone Unturned (1969)
  • Laugh on Friday (1969)
  • Under the Sky (1970)
  • Cinnabar House (1970)
  • The Crimson Tapestry (1971) aka The Woven Thread
  • Play Fair with Love (1972)
  • None But He (1973)
  • Forever (1991)
  • Fulfilment (1993)
  • Forsaken (1993)
  • The Legend (1997)

As Claire Lorrimer[edit]

Women of Fire Saga[edit]

  1. Mavreen (1976) aka Scarlett
  2. Tamarisk (1978) aka Antoinette
  3. Chantal (1980)
Mavreen (Audio)[edit]
  1. The Full Moon (1995)
  2. Harvest Moon (1995)
  3. The New Moon (1995)
Tamarisk (Audio)[edit]
  1. The Fledgling (1996)
  2. The Skylark (1996)

Rochford Trilogy[edit]

  1. The Chatelaine (1978)
  2. The Wilderling (1982)
  3. Fool's Curtain (1994)

Ortolans[edit]

Ortolans (1990)
  1. Eleanor (1994)
  2. Sophia (1994)
  3. Emma (1994)

Bainbury Saga[edit]

  1. The Reunion (1997)
  2. The Reckoning (1998)

Single novels[edit]

Gothic Romance[edit]
  • A Voice in the Dark (1967)
  • The Secret of Quarry House (1976)
  • The Shadow Falls (1974)
  • Relentless Storm (1979)
Historical Novels[edit]
  • Last Year's Nightingale (1984)
  • Frost in the Sun (1986)
  • The Spinning Wheel (1991)
  • The Silver Link (1993)
  • Deception (2003)
  • Truth to Tell (2007)
Light Romances[edit]
  • Connie's Daughter (1995)
  • Beneath the Sun (1996)
  • The Woven Thread (1997)
  • Second Chance (1998)
  • An Open Door (1999)
  • Never Say Goodbye (2000)
  • The Search for Love (2000)
  • For Always (2001)
  • The Faithful Heart (2002)
  • Troubled Waters (2004)
Murder Mysteries[edit]
  • Over My Dead Body (2003)
  • Dead Centre (2005)
  • Infatuation (2007)
Novels[edit]
  • The Garden (1980)
  • The Constant Heart (1998)
  • Dead Reckoning (2009)

Collections[edit]

  • Variations: The Snake Belt / One in Three / The WhiteDoves / The Angel and the Witch or Miss Tansley's Easter Play / Trust Me / Once a Year / Goat's Loose / The Patient in Number Twenty-Two / Comfortand Joy / Two Sides to a Coin / Old Toys Wanted / A True Story / PoorLittle Rich Girl / Progress / The Garden (1991)
  • Emotions (2008)

Non fiction[edit]

  • House of Tomorrow (Biography) (1987)
  • You Never Know (Autobiography) (2007)

References and sources[edit]