Barbara Cartland: Crusader in Pink

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A&C Black, Dec 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 174 pages
From the author of All the Money in the World, now a major motion picture directed by Ridley Scott, comes an account of a phenomenon and a legend in her lifetime, Barbara Cartland.

Barbara Cartland published more than 700 novels, and she holds the Guinness World Records for the most novels published in a single year. Now, with her novels being filmed and selling throughout the world, she has become a household name.

But what of the woman behind the legend? John Pearson has looked back into her past life and tells of the unexpected hardships and the young girl's dreams that produced the first Barbara Cartland novels, written in her early twenties. He reveals the influence of men like Lord Beaverbrook, Sir Winston Churchill and Lord Birkenhead on her life when she was struggling to achieve fame. This was the era of the dancing Twenties, when she received forty-nine proposals of marriage.

He describes her relationships with both her husbands and her love and ambition for her talented brother Ronald - her battle to get him into Parliament and his tragic death in the war. It is a story as romantic and inspiring as any of her own novels.

But Barbara Cartland has made her reputation not only as a novelist; she succeeded in getting the law changed to provide camps for gypsies and initiated a Government enquiry into the housing and conditions of old people. She has championed the cause of Natural Health and vitamins which have made such a tremendous difference to her own life.

This book reveals the secret of her amazing vitality and personal magnetism which have won her the affection of family and friends, and have provided a hundred million people all over the world with her concept of love.

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About the author (2011)

John Pearson is the author of All the Money in the World (previously titled Painfully Rich), now a major motion picture directed by Ridley Scott film and starring Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg and Christopher Plumber (nominated for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor). He is also the author of The Profession of Violence, on which the Tom Hardy film Legend is based, and the follow-up, The Cult of Violence.

Born in Surrey, England in 1930, Pearson worked for Economist, The Times, and The Sunday Times, where he was the assistant of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond. Pearson published the definitive biography of Fleming, The Life of Ian Fleming in 1966.

Pearson has since written many more successful works of both fiction and non-fiction. Biographies remain his specialty with accomplished studies of the Sitwells, Winston Churchill and the Royal Family.

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