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Monday, 9 December 2013

Sex or romance? A hundred years of fiction...

 Never let sex get in the way of a good romance. That was the view of Ida Pollock, the world's oldest writer of romantic fiction,  who died  this week aged 105.  Using several pen names, including Pamela Kent, Rose Burghley and June Beaufort, Mrs Pollock wrote 125 novels which she described as 'full of hope and romance rather than sex...'

The men are normally rich, but never vulgar with their money,' she told The Times earlier this year. 'An older man is essential to provide the reassurance the heroine needs.  There's always turbulence before he sweeps in to save the day.'

Mrs Pollock's daughter, Rosemary, added: 'My mother is interested in exploring relations between a man and a woman on many levels. She would never reduce it to basic primitive sex.'

Ida admitted that many of her  heroes were based on her late husband, Colonel Hugh Pollock who, interestingly,  was once Sir Winston Churchill's  editor.

The author's strong beliefs echo those of the late Dame Barbara Cartland who wrote more than 700 books in her lifetime. Famous for her 'hearts and flowers' approach to romance, Barbara  never changed the format of her books, or her belief that this type of escapism was what women really wanted.

Here is an excerpt from A Nightingale in the Sycamore by June Beaufort, published 1957.

He moved to meet her as she moved to meet him and caught her in his arms, kissing her wildly, like a man who was starving. Her hair, eyes, cheeks, lips - he smothered them with so many kisses that before long he paused to draw breath himself. She was completely breathless but clung to him as if never willingly would she let him go again.


I wonder what E L James would make of that?


 

4 comments:

Another Guernseyman said...

I find it hard to believe that women actually like this sort of escapism - but then I am a man!!

Barbara Fisher said...

Hi Marilyn, I had no idea Ida Pollock wrote under so many other names. I will have to look out for them.
I used to read this type of book all the time when I was a young girl. I was always hoping for a rich (never vulgar!) older man to come along. My hubby of 45 years is younger than me and on the poorer side of rich, but I wouldn’t swap him for the world! I hope you have a lovely Christmas. Barbara x

Guernsey Girl said...

Hi Barbara - my very patient other half and I have been married for almost 43 years - so that's something we have in common! Sometimes I think the l fashioned romances were the best. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas too! xxx

Guernsey Girl said...

Hi Barbara - my very patient other half and I have been married for almost 43 years - so that's something we have in common! Sometimes I think the l fashioned romances were the best. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas too! xxx