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Ursula Bloom

UK (1892 - 1984)

aka Sheila Burns, Mary Essex, Rachel Harvey, Deborah Mann, Lozania Prole

Ursula was born in Essex, but as a child lived in Whitchurch, Warwickshire, where her father, James Harvey Bloom, was the Rector of the village. She went on to write books about his work into their family history.

Ursula published over 500 books in her lifetime, an achievement that once won her recognition in the Guinness Book of Records. She wrote many of her novels under pseudonyms - Sheila Burns, Mary Essex, Rachel Harvey, Deborah Mann, Lozania Prole and Sara Sloane.

Her work was predominantly romantic, although her first book, Tiger, privately printed, was written when she was seven years old. She was encouraged to write by a family friend, a well-known author of the time - Marie Corelli.

Born into the fringes of middle class, with aspirations of grandeur but little money, Ursula became a master of story-telling in her own life - keeping up appearances with an imaginary housemaid because "it would have been a social stigma to do our own work" and pretending to her first husband that she could control the servants and not they her - writing was both an outlet and easy with someone of her imagination and humour.

She married twice - in 1916 to Arthur Brownlow Denham-Cookes, to whom she had one son, Pip, born in 1917, and in 1925 to Charles Gower Robinson.
The Great Beginning (1924)
Candleshades: The Story of a Soul (1928)
Veneer: The Story of a Man (1929)
The Eternal Tomorrow (1931)
The Secret Lover (1931)
The Log of a Naval Officer's Wife (1932)
Wonder Cruise (1934)
Laughter in Cheyne Walk (1937)
The Golden Venture (1938)
Lily of the Valley (1938)
Without Make-Up (1938)
You and Your Looks (1938)
Time, Tide and I (1942)
No Lady In Bed (1944)
Romantic Fugitive (1944)
The Changed Village (1945)
Pumpkin the Pup (1945)
Rude Forefathers (1945)
Caravan for Three (1947)
No Lady With A Pen (1947)
You And Your Home (1947)
No Lady in the Cart (1949)
Three Girls Come to Town (1949)
Eleanor Jowitt, Antiques (1950)
The King's Wife (1950)
The song of Philomel (1950)
You and Your Fun (1950)
You and Your Life (1950)
You and Your Needle (1950)
How Dark, My Lady (1951)
Mum's Girl Was No Lady (1951)
New World Round the Corner (1951)
Nine Lives (1951)
Orange Blossom for Sandra (1951)
Pavillion (1951)
The Sentimental Family (1951)
Age Cannot Wither (1952)
As Bends the Bough (1952)
For the Bride (1952)
Nightshade at Morning (1952)
Twilight of a Tudor (1952)
Adam's Daughter (1953)
The first Elizabeth (1953)
Gracious Lady (1953)
Marriage of Leonora (1953)
Moon song (1953)
Sea Fret (1953)
Hitler's Eva (1954)
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (1954)
Daughters of the Rectory (1955)
The Girl Who Loved Crippen (1955)
The Silver Ring (1956)
The Tides of Spring Flow Fast (1956)
Victorian Vinaigrette (1956)
Brief Springtime (1957)
The Elegant Edwardian (1957)
The Abiding City (1958)
Down to the Sea in Ships (1958)
Monkey Tree in a Flower Pot (1958)
The Inspired Needle (1959)
Undarkening Green (1959)
The Romance of Charles Dickens (1960)
Sixty Years of Home (1960)
The Thieving Magpie (1960)
A Woman Called Mary (1960) (as by Deborah Mann)
The Cactus Has Courage (1961)
Prelude to Yesterday (1961)
War Isn't Wonderful (1961)
Harvest Home Come Sunday (1962)
Ship in a Bottle (1962)
The Gated Road (1963)
Mrs. Bunthorpe's Respects: A Chronicle of Cooks (1963)
Doctor and Lover (1964) (with Mary Essex)
The House That Died Alone (1964)
The Ring Tree (1964)
The Quiet Village (1965)
The Ugly Head (1965)
The Dandelion Clock (1966)
The Mightier Sword (1966)
Rosemary for Stratford on Avon (1966)
The Old Adam (1967)
     aka Cycles of Life
A Roof and Four Walls (1967)
Two Pools in a Field (1967)
The Dragonfly (1968)
The Ghost of Fiddler's Hill (1968) (with Mary Essex)
Now Barabbas Was a Robber: The Story of a Man Who Lived That Christ Might Die (1968) (as by Deborah Mann)
Yesterdays Tomorrow (1968)
Casualty Ward (1969)
Doctor's Desire (1969)
The Flight of the Falcon (1969)
House of Kent (1969)
Nurse Judy's Secret Passion (1969)
The Song of Salome (1969) (as by Deborah Mann)
Hunter's Moon (1970)
Rosemary for Frinton (1970)
Three Sisters (1970)
The Tune of Time (1970)
Rosemary for Chelsea (1971)
Great Tomorrow (1971)
April After (1971)
Harvest of a House (1971)
The Caravan of Chance (1971)
Perchance to Dream (1971)
Pilgrim Soul (1972)
Duke of Windsor (1972)
The Passionate Heart (1972)
Three Cedars (1972)
Facade (1972)
Edwardian Day-dream (1972)
Gypsy Flower (1973)
Beloved Creditor (1973)
Fruit on the Bough (1973)
The Fourth Cedar (1973)
Requesting the Pleasure (1973)
Pack Mule (1973)
Woman Who Was Tomorrow (1973)
The Cheval Glass (1973)
The Old Rectory (1973)
Driving of Destiny (1974)
Gossamer Dream (1974)
Mirage on the Horizon (1974)
The Old Elm Tree (1974)
Royal Baby (1975)
Mirage of Love (1975)
The Twisted Road (1975)
Pilate's Wife (1976) (as by Deborah Mann)
The Painted Lady (1976)
Life is No Fairy Tale (1976)
The Great Queen Consort (1976)
The Turn of Life's Tide (1976)
Tomorrow for Apricots (1977)
Edward and Victoria (1977)
House on the Hill (1977)
Bittersweet (1978)
Passion's Pilgrim (1978)
The Fire and the Rose (1978)
Love : Old and New (1978)
Love is But a Dream (1978)
Sunday Love (1978)
The Woman Doctor (1978)
Marriage in Heaven (1980)
Golden Flame (1983)
Three Sons (1983)
It Happened in Spring (1983)
Spring in September (1983)
Trailing Glory (1983)
Sailor's Love (1984)
King's Daughter (1984)
A Gentleman Called James (1985)
Sweet Impulse (1985)
Romantic Theater Sister (1987)
Chance Romance (1987)
Air Liner (1988)
Bridal Sweet (1988)
Young Kangaroos Prefer Riding (1989)
Youth at the Gate (1989)
The Nurse Who Shocked the Matron (1989)
Theatre Sister in Love (1990)
Gypsy Flame (1990)
No Trespassers in Love (1990)
Lovely Shadow (1992)
Judge of Jerusalem (1995)
Dinah's Husband (1997)
The Fugitive Romantic (1999)
Doctor Delightful (2001)


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