Lorna Hill

Lorna Hill

Postby jerry » Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:30 am

Lorna Hill lived as a vicar's wife at Matfen in Northumberland, where her daughter Vicki was born and became one of the most collected girls' authors of the post-war period.

The family saw Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin dance at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle and Vicki decided to enrol at Sadlers Wells in London. To assuage her loneliness, Lorna began writing her famous 'Wells' series. All sorts of people love these tales - including Julie Burchill the controversial journalist.

Lorna Hill's stories frequently begin with descriptions of 1950's Newcastle; Tilly's shop; Fenwick's; Central station. Many of the 'Wells' heroines - Jane, Sylvia, Ella, Nona, Annette, Vicki and Vanessa - begin their career at the dance school in Jesmond, which still exists behind its impressive front entrance in Manor House Road. The Vicarage Children trilogy (1961) uses both Matfen and Chesterholm, now the Roman museum at Vindolanda.
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