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Norah Lofts

(Norah Robinson Lofts)
UK (1904 - 1983)

aka Juliet Astley, Peter Curtis

Norah Lofts, best-selling author on both sides of the Atlantic, was born in Norfolk. She taught English and History at a girls' school before turning to writing full time. She also wrote under the pen name of Peter Curtis. A passion for old houses and their history inspired her classic 'House' trilogy, The Town House, The House at Old Vine and The House at Sunset. This meticulously researched trilogy of historical romances spans more than five centuries of Suffolk history, starting with Martin Reed, a fourteenth century serf and concluding with Frances Benyon in the mid 1950s. Lofts wrote more than 50 books, including historical non-fiction and short stories.
 
Series
The Town HouseThe House at Old VineThe House at Sunset
 
Knight's AcreThe HomecomingThe Lonely FurrowThe Suffolk Trilogy
 
Gad's Hall
Gad's Hall (1977)
The Haunting of Gad's Hall (1978)
     aka Haunted House
Gad's HallThe Haunting of Gad's Hall
 
Novels
Here Was a Man (1936)
White Hell of Pity (1937)
Blossom Like the Rose (1939)
Hester Roon (1940)
Scent of Cloves (1940)
The Brittle Glass (1942)
Michael and All Angels (1943)
     aka The Golden Fleece
You're Best Alone (1943) (with Peter Curtis (Norah Lofts))
Jassy (1944)
Lady Living Alone (1944) (with Peter Curtis (Norah Lofts))
To See a Fine Lady (1946)
Silver Nutmeg (1947)
A Calf for Venus (1949)
     aka Letty
Esther (1950)
The Lute Player (1951)
Bless This House (1954)
Queen in Waiting (1955)
     aka Eleanor the Queen
The Road to Revelation (1955)
     aka Winter Harvest
Afternoon of an Autocrat (1956)
     aka Devil in Clevely / The Deadly Gift
Dead March in Three Keys (1959) (with Peter Curtis (Norah Lofts))
     aka Bride of Moat House / No Question of Murder
The Devil's Own (1960) (with Peter Curtis (Norah Lofts))
     aka The Witches / Little Wax Doll
The Concubine (1963)
Her Own Special Island (1965)
     aka Uneasy Paradise
How Far to Bethlehem (1965)
Heaven in Your Hand (1966)
The King's Pleasure (1969)
The Lost Queen (1969)
     aka The Lost Ones
Madselin (1969)
Out of This Nettle (1969)
The Little Wax Doll (1970)
Lovers All Untrue (1970)
The Maude Reed Tale (1971)
     aka Story of Maude Reed
A Rose for Virtue (1971)
Charlotte (1972)
     aka Out of the Dark
Requiem for Idols (1972)
Rupert Hatton's Story (1972)
     aka Rupert Hatton's Tales
Nethergate (1973)
Crown of Aloes (1974)
Checkmate (1975)
Walk into My Parlour (1975)
The Fall of Midas (1975) (with Juliet Astley (Norah Lofts))
Copsi Castle (1978) (with Juliet Astley (Norah Lofts))
The Day of the Butterfly (1979)
A Wayside Tavern (1980)
The Old Priory (1981)
The Claw (1981)
Pargeters (1984)
The Devil in Clevely (2012)
Here Was a ManWhite Hell of PityBlossom Like the RoseHester Roon
Scent of ClovesThe Brittle GlassMichael and All AngelsYou're Best Alone
JassyLady Living AloneTo See a Fine LadySilver Nutmeg
A Calf for VenusEstherThe Lute PlayerBless This House
Queen in WaitingThe Road to RevelationAfternoon of an AutocratDead March in Three Keys
The Devil's OwnThe ConcubineHer Own Special IslandHow Far to Bethlehem
Heaven in Your HandThe King's PleasureThe Lost QueenMadselin
Out of This NettleThe Little Wax DollLovers All UntrueThe Maude Reed Tale
A Rose for VirtueCharlotteRequiem for IdolsRupert Hatton's Story
NethergateCrown of AloesCheckmateWalk into My Parlour
The Fall of MidasCopsi CastleThe Day of the ButterflyA Wayside Tavern
The Old PrioryThe ClawPargetersThe Devil in Clevely
 
Omnibus
Requiem for Idols / You're Best Alone
 
Collections
I Met a Gypsy: And Other StoriesSelected WorksSaving Face: And Other Stories
 
Non fiction
Hauntings: Is There Anybody There?Domestic Life in EnglandQueens of BritainEmma Hamilton
Anne Boleyn
 
Anthologies containing stories by Norah Lofts
The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories
 
Short stories
I Met a Gypsy [short story] (1935)
Mr. Edward (1947)
Heaven In Your Hand [short story] (1958)
Saving Face [short story] (1983)


Norah Lofts recommends
The Marigold Field
The Marigold Field (1969)
(Whitman Saga, book 1)
Diane Pearson
"I read it with the utmost joy and admiration. It is so real, so down to earth, so very true, so sad, in places even so funny... a splendid book."



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