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Author Ida, 105, hailed by fellow novelists

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: May 01, 2013

HONOUR: Ida Pollock, 105, writer of several short stories and more than 100 romance novels, has now been appointed an honorary vice-president of the Romantic Novelists' Association.

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A 105-YEAR-OLD Lanreath author says she is delighted to have been appointed honorary vice-president of the Romantic Novelists' Association.

Ida Pollock, one of its founding members back in 1960, received the honour in recognition of her birthday.

Still writing books, she had her first novel published under the name Joan Allen in the mid-1930s.

For many years she wrote for Mills and Boon but was writing more than they could publish, and so began writing under different names for other publishers.

During her career, which has spanned nine decades, she has written for Wright and Brown, Ward Lock, Hurst and Blackett and Collins.

Annie Ashurst, chairman of the Romantic Novelists' Association said: "A writing career is a career for life, as Ida has proved.

"She's lived for her writing and it was on the strength of her 44 published novels that in 1960 Ida became one of our founding members."

Mrs Pollock has now found an agent for two unpublished Regency romances, which she hopes will be appearing in the near future. Mrs Ashurst said: "She has now published 123 books and we're all very proud of her and very much looking forward to reading the next two."

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