Barbara Cartland who sadly died in May 2000 at the age of nearly 99 was the world’s most famous romantic novelist who wrote 723 books in her lifetime with worldwide sales of over one billion copies and her books were translated into 38 different languages.
As well as romantic novels, she wrote several historical biographies, six autobiographies, theatrical plays, books of advice on life, love, vitamins and romantic cookery.
She also found time in her busy life to be a political speaker and a television and radio personality.
She wrote her first book at the age of twenty-one and this was called Jigsaw. It was published in 1925 and became an immediate bestseller selling 100,000 copies in hardback and was translated into six different languages.
She wrote continuously throughout her long life, writing bestsellers for an astonishing 76 years. Her books have always been immensely popular in the United States, where in 1976 her current books were at numbers 1 & 2 in the B. Dalton bestsellers list, a feat never achieved before or since by any author.
Her most amazing feat came at the age of 77 when her publishers begged her to write more books because of huge worldwide demand and she then doubled her output from ten books a year to twenty. And she kept this up for twenty years writing an astonishing 400 books between the ages of 77 and 97 when she actually completed her very last book entitled This Way to Heaven.
Barbara Cartland became a legend in her own lifetime and will be best remembered for her wonderful romantic novels, so loved by her millions of readers throughout the world.
Her books will always be treasured for their moral message, her pure and innocent heroines, her good-looking and dashing heroes and above all her belief that the power of love is more important than anything else in everyone’s life.
17 May 2018