Violet Vivian Finlay was born on January 2, 1914 in Berkshire, England, daughter of Alice Kathleen (Norton) and Sir Campbell Kirkman Finlay. The majority of her childhood was spent in Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar), where her father worked. During her youth, she frequently journeyed between India, Singapore, Java and Sumatra. She married four times, and had five children: Gillian Rushton (née Porch), Kim Santow, Jennifer Gooch (née Stuart), and twins Vary and Valerie Stuart. Her studies included: Medicine in London, Pathologist in Budapest, and Chemistry and Laboratory Technique in Newcastle. During World War II, she joined the Australian Forces and was attached to the IVth Army, later transferred to British XIV Army in Burma.

Published since 1953, she signed her romance novels as: Vivian Stuart, Alex Stuart, Barbara Allen, Fiona Finlay, and Robyn Stuart; she signed as V.A. Stuart her military sagas: Alexander Sheridan and Phillip Hazard; and as William Stuart Long she singed her historical fiction series: the Australians. In August 1986, Violet Vivian Finlay Stuart Mann passed away at 72, who continued writing until her death.

Book List in Order:34 titles


  • Danger lurker somewhere in the corners of the manor house - and Elizabeth wasn't at all sure whon she could trust.......



  • Because of his past Joe Mason neither liked nor trusted women, until Kate Cluny came into his life. Young Doctor Mason was dedicated, sympathetic and a very good doctor. When Kate Cluny came to assist him in his practice she knew she was going to...


  • A young woman doctor is torn between her professional loyalties and the man she loves....


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  • Samarinda Lazenby had had an eventful and exciting career. The first few years of her life had been spent in a Japanese internment camp, the middle years accompanying her father arround the world, and her adult life training as a surgeon. When her fa...


  • A young doctor on holiday in Budapest finds herself caught in a web of a dangerous intrigue.... Doctor Stacey Heriot travelled to Budapest, the exciting city famed for its gypsy violinists, and romantic atmosphere, for her eagerly awaited holiday....







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    When the Viking sailed from Southampton, Elizabeth had no way of knowing how evenful the voyage would be.......


  • Her colleagues in the Edinburgh hospital were astonished when young Doctor Alison Graham agreed to a six months' trial as assistant to her G.P. Aunt Janet in Outer Hebrides. But Alison had her reasons - even if she could not foresee all that would ha...


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    When Harriet went to Spencer's Hospital she had no professional regrets, but it would mean the renewal of her love affair with Randall Spencer; and after more then two years' separation she had every reason to believe that Randall was a very differen...


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    Margaret Ferguson seemed too young and pretty to be a real, reliable doctor, thought the people of Wollaton Springs in Queensland. It fell to Phil Barton's young English jackaroo to become her first patient -- but he was by no means the last....


  • Joe Gorman an intern at a New York hospital is caught up in the human side of his patients problems and is forced to reassess many of his most cherished beliefs - including the subject of love....


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    It seemed strange that a brilliant surgeon like Doctor Mary Courage should even consider being an assistant general practitioner in a small Yorkshire town. With her qualifications, she would easily have been welcomed anywhere. Yet the move -- and Doc...


  • Sister Margaret Hay holds no brief at all for the darkly handsome and gifted surgeon Julian Freyton and has good reason to believe the feeling is mutual. So why on earth does she agree to go with him to Spain, to nurse his delightful small patient, F...


  • THE SEPOY MUTINY Visiting India, Emma Lindsay is caught up in the romantic whirl of her exotic surroundings. When she meets the dashing Capt. Hugh Richmond, he warns her to leave India right away. Torn between her attraction for this handsome office...



  • Somerled Sinclair returned from Kenya to his Scottish castle home to find it shrouded in debts and difficulties. He unknowingly blamed Alison Graham for the many changes that had taken place -- changes he disliked. It was a long time before he di...


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    Kathy Gregson found it difficult to accept the rigid rules with her family in India after a year at finishing school in Paris. Then she and her sister Harriet fall in love with the same man....


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    Ann Royston glanced back at the great, grey building that was St. Martha's Hospital. Lights gleamed from it, bright against the gathering dusk of evening, and, in imagination, she saw beyond the walls and the windows, into the wards, the theatres, th...


  • A story of love and heartbreak set in post-war Burma. It is the story of Vicky Randall and the three men who were to play an important part in her life. Henry O'Malley, a doctor and heroic survivor of imprisonment in Thailand; Alan Rowan, a Chindit w...


  • It was a miracle that Jane Grant and Lieutenant Danny Mayer should find each other again in an island hospital. But in this world of conflicting loyalities and strained relationships they almost missed discovering their love for each other. It had se...


  • Charles spoke aloud the vows which would make Linda his wife. But tragedy brooded over the quiet, flower-decked church. A tragedy he could not share with her....


  • "Let's get engaged--just temporarily!" It had seemed a good solution when Jill suggested it. Ninian Moray had returned home after being declared officially dead for two years--to find his twin brother now married to Ninian's former fiancee. Also, Jil...


  • For the first time in the long history of the Chisholms of Logan, headship of the family was to pass out of the direct line, and the proud Logan title belong to a young man who had been born and had lived all his life in Australia. Johnny Chisholm, l...


  • Professionally speaking, Foster Ward was perfect. There it was, a model of neatness, beds and lockers beautifully tidy; there was the famous surgeon arriving to make his round, attended by his house surgeons of varying status and by eager but nervous...


  • A girl whose life was drudgery was suddenly whisked away on a Mediterranean cruise, who else should she meet but Prince Charming but can the two worlds mesh....


  • Becky managed a riding school, and Jamie was an excellent vet and her best friend; " just Jamie ", whom she had known all her life. Would he ever be anything more, or would she be won by the handsome stranger whom she had met some short the time ago?...






  • The last woman on earth he'd marry! When Alastair Maccrae was forced to sell Carra, the island that had been his family's home for generations, it made no difference to him that the buyer turned out to be Cornelia McColl, the beautiful young American...


  • It was hard on Deirdre that she should come to care for a man whom her dearly loved artist brother, Sean, hated so deeply and, as he believed, with such good cause. And Sean, too, had his troubles, loving a girl whose father disapproved of him. Th...


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  • Ann Guthrie considered herself exceptionally lucky to get a job as nurse on board that last word in luxury liners, the R.M.S. Shagreen, bound for the blue skies and the warm seas of the Far East and Australia. She knew her appointment as nurse on the...


  • To sit at the Captain's Table on a big liner is an honour eagerly sought after, and often especially so, when the Captain is handsome, distinguished, and young for so important a command. But for Catherine Duncan the privilege was a source of alar...