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Friday, November 03, 2006

Ivy Russell

Like Miss O. M. Rookwood, below, Ivy Russell also contributed anonymously to Swift Annual 3 (1956).

Ivy Russell was born Ivy Ethel Southern in Southall, Middlesex, on 6 January 1909, the daughter of George William Southern (an accounts clerk) and his wife Jessie (nee Whitmee). Educated at Harrow County School for Girls, she worked as a telephone operator and, later, as was an emergency foster mother for infants placed with London County Council as well as a fairly prolific writer for magazines, including Woman's Mirror, Red Letter, Sunday Companion, various girls' annuals and other titles.

She was married to John Russell on 15 December 1935 and had three children. She lived in Harrow, Middlesex.

Novels
Four With a Purpose. London, Latimer House, 1950.
Megan of the Welsh Hills. London, Latimer House, 1952.
Princess Susan, illus. T. R. Freeman. London, Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1954.
The Enchanted Pathway, illus. Rosemary Hird. London & New York, Frederick Warne & Co., 1956.
Highland Cousin, illus. Valerie Sweet. London & New York, Frederick Warne & Co., 1957.
Debbie, illus. Joyce Horn. London & New York, Frederick Warne & Co., 1958.
The Riddle of Whitelands, illus. Holly Bourne. London, Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1958.
The Rival Clubs, illus. T. R. Freeman. London, Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1958.
The Inn of Mystery, illus. Gilbert Dunlop. London, Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1959.
Joelle, illus. Jane Paton. London, Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1960.
The House by the Shore, illus. Gilbert Dunlop. London, Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1961.
Children of the Islands, illus. Alison Reid. London, Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1963.
The Conjurer's Dog, illus. Jane Paton. London, Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1964.
Red Flowers for Amos. A Jamaican boy in Britain, illus. Cecile Curtis. London, Edinburgh House Press, 1965.
Baby Bubble, illus. Pierre Belves. Edinburgh, McDougall (Robin Books), 1966.

Plays
The Spirit of Christmas, and other plays. London & Glasgow, Blackie & Son, 1961.
The Unexpected Visitor. A one-act play. London, Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, 1962.
Seeing and Believing. A missionary play for children in two scenes. London, Edinburgh House Press, 1966.
The Tasks of Ming Lo. A play for children of all ages in two acts, with Jacquie Russell. London, Kenyon-Deane, 1973.
Second Thoughts.

1 comment:

  1. She is also credited for some short stories & features in the World Distributors Schoolgirls annuals in the 1960s and early 1970s.

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