Charity Blackstock

Ursula Joyce Torday was born on 19 February 1912 (some sources say his birth in 1888 or 1914) in London, England, UK, daughter of mixed parents, her mother, Gaia Rose Macdonald, was Scottish, and her father Emil Torday (1875-1931) was an Hungarian anthropologist, they married on 17 March 1910. She studied at Kensington High School in London, before went to the Oxford University, where she obtained a BA in English at Lady Margaret Hall College, and later a Social Science Certificate at London School of Economics.

In 1930s, she published her first three novels with her real name, Ursula Torday. During the World War II she worked as a probation officer for the Citizen's Advice Bureau, and during the next seven years afterwars, she also running a refugee scheme for Jewish children, inspiration for several of her future novels like, The Briar Patch (aka Young Lucifer) and The Children (aka Wednesday's Children) as Charity Blackstock. She worked as a typist at the National Central Library in London, inspiration for her future novel Dewey Death as Charity Blackstock. She also teaching English to adult students. She returned to publishing in early 1950s, using the pseudonyms of Paula Allardyce, Charity Blackstock (in some cases reedited as Lee Blackstock in USA), to sign her gothic romance and mistery novels, later she also used the pseudonym of Charlotte Keppel. Her novel Miss Fenny (aka The Woman in the Woods) as Charity or Lee Blackstock was nominated for Edgar Award. In 1961, her novel Witches' Sabbath won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association. She passed away 6 March 1997, at 85.

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Dream Towers

Contemporary Romance

1981

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With Fondest Thoughts

Contemporary Romance

1980

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Miss Charley

Contemporary Romance

1979

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I Met Murder on the Way = The Shirt Front

Historical Romance

Jul-1977

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I Met Murder on the Way = The Shirt Front

General Fiction

Jul-1977

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Ghost Town

Contemporary Romance

1976

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People in Glass Houses

Historical Romance

1975

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The Jungle

Historical Romance

1972

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The Lonely Strangers

Historical Romance

1972

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The Encounter

Historical Romance

1971

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The Daughter

Historical Romance

1970

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The Melon in the Cornfield = The Lemmings

Historical Romance

Mar-1969

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The Melon in the Cornfield = The Lemmings

General Fiction

Mar-1969

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The Party in Dolly Creek = The Widow

Historical Romance

Jan-1967

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The Party in Dolly Creek = The Widow

General Fiction

Jan-1967

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The Knock at Midnight

Historical Romance

1966

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The Children = Wednesday's Children

General Fiction

Jan-1966

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When the Sun Goes Down = Monkey on a Chain

Historical Romance

Jan-1965

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When the Sun Goes Down = Monkey on a Chain

General Fiction

Jan-1965

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The Factor's Wife = The English Wife

Historical Romance

Jan-1964

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The Factor's Wife = The English Wife

General Fiction

Jan-1964

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Mr. Christopoulos

Historical Romance

1963

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The Gallant

Historical Romance

1962

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The Exorcism = A House Possessed

Historical Romance

Jan-1961

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The Exorcism = A House Possessed

General Fiction

Jan-1961

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The Briar Patch = Young Lucifer

Historical Romance

Jan-1960

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The Briar Patch = Young Lucifer

General Fiction

Jan-1960

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The Bitter Conquest

Historical Romance

1959

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Dewey Death

Historical Romance

1959

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The Shadow of Murder = All Men Are Murderers

Historical Romance

Jan-1958

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The Shadow of Murder = All Men Are Murderers

General Fiction

Jan-1958

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Miss Fenny = The Woman in the Woods

Historical Romance

Jan-1957

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Miss Fenny = The Woman in the Woods

General Fiction

Jan-1957

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The Foggy, Foggy Dew

Historical Romance

1956

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