Barbara Cartland Bibliography For Websites

Barbara Cartland was the world's most prolific novelist who wrote an amazing 723 books in her lifetime, of which no less than 644 were romantic novels with worldwide sales of over 1 billion copies and her books were translated into 36 different languages.
As well as romantic novels, she wrote historical biographies, 6 autobiographies, theatrical plays and books of advice on life, love, vitamins and cookery.
She wrote her first book at the age of 21 and it was called Jigsaw. It became an immediate bestseller and sold 100,000 copies in hardback in England and all over Europe in translation.
Between the ages of 77 and 97 she increased her output and wrote an incredible 400 romances as the demand for her romances was so strong all over the world.
She wrote her last book at the age of 97 and it was entitled perhaps prophetically The Way to Heaven.
Her books have always been immensely popular in the United States where in 1976 her current books were at numbers 1 & 2 in the B. Dalton bestsellers list, a feat never achieved before or since by any author.
Barbara Cartland became a legend in her own lifetime and will be best remembered for her wonderful romantic novels so loved by her millions of readers throughout the world, who have always collected her books to read again and again, especially when they feel miserable or depressed.
Her books will always be treasured for their moral message, her pure and innocent heroines, her handsome and dashing heroes, her blissful happy endings and above all for her belief that the power of love is more important than anything else in everyone's life.

Barbara Cartland was born in Edgbaston Birmingham on 9th July, 1901 into a wealthy family. She was the only child of her parents. Her father was a British army officer who died in the battlefield of World War 1, and her mother opened up a boutique to make the family ends meet.  Her schooling was followed by attending a girl’s college in Hampshire and after graduating from there, she became a society reporter and an author of romantic novels.

She is considered to be one of the most renowned authors of her time, primarily known for her romantic novels.  Her career spans from writing around 700 books which includes around 5 autobiographies and several books on cooking, health, vitamins and beauty. Her recipes were utilized in the House of Commons. Her biographies were famous characters from history. Ronald Cartland for example, was an affiliate of parliament who was killed in the Second World War.  She’s eminently regarded as the “Queen of the Romance novel”. Cartland claimed to be writing a book in seven days.

From the 1970’s, 1990’s and onwards, she set a new benchmark by writing about 2 dozen books a year. After working as a gossip columnist for Daily express, her first novel was published in 1923, Jig-saw, which dealt with a society thriller and ran for quite some time. Her books have sold over 100 million copies, gaining a name in the Guinness Book of World Records. Besides writing, she is involved in lots of humanitarian work, such as charity and social causes. She volunteered for the cause of old people. During the Second World War, she was looking after 20,000 men and women. In the 1960’s, she campaigned for the rights of gypsies so that they could have a permanent place to live in and as a result of this, an act was passed in parliament. There are now thousands of gypsies and their families who have a place to live in and educate their children. One of the gypsy camps founded by her is very near to her own home, Hampshire. Her zeal could be traced when she fought for the better working conditions of mid-wives and nurses, which led her to be widely known as the “Dame of grace.” Cartland was labeled as the pink lady for her love of pink chiffon, clothing and jewelry. Cartland was married twice to Alexander McCorquodale (1927-33) and to Hugh McCorquodale (1936-63).Apparently, the two men were cousins. She was referred to as the step grandmother of the princess of Wales, Diana.

Carland books always have a very happy ending where the heroines are very vulnerable and compliant and the heroes are men hailing from the aristocratic background, receiving their princess on a horse. She died on May 21, 2000 after a short illness.

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