Peter O'Donnell was born on 11 April 1920 in Lewisham, London, England, UK. He was interested in writing as a child, and began writing professionally at the age of 16. During World War II he served in the Royal Signals Corps, and was stationed in Persia, Syria, Egypt, the Western Desert, Italy, and Greece. After the war, he worked as a comic strip writer, and scripted the Daily Express adaptation of the James Bond novel Dr. No. He was most famous for inventing the character Modesty Blaise, an undercover agent who first appeared in comic strips in 1963. In 1965, he published his first novel, Modesty Blaise, which was based on the screenplay he had written for the motion picture of the same name. He also wrote short stories, plays, television and film scripts, and nine romance novels published under the pseudonym Madeleine Brent. In 2001, he retired from writing. He passed away on 03 May 2010.

Book List in Order: 10 titles

  • IN THE SCORCHING AUSTRALIAN DESERT, A WILD, BEAUTIFUL WOMAN RESCUES A MAN FROM DEATH.... He was a handsome English aristocrat, sprawled in the dunes, dying of thirst. She was a white-skinned savage, fleeing the aborigine tribe that found her and rai...


  • ABDUCTED BY A SAVAGE HORDE, A HIGHBORN MAIDEN IS SOLD INTO CRUEL SLAVERY Follow the extraordinary journey of Jemimah Lawley, a proud English heiress, as she makes her desperate escape from brutal captivity across the windswept tracts of Central As...


  • Hannah McLeod is eighteen, lovely, and alone in Paris. She earns her modest wages working as a waitress in a small cafe, and hides from everyone the horrifying truth about her past. Only Toby Kent, the painter who occupies the garret next to Hannah's...


  • THE BATTERED INNOCENT Emma Delaney, who knows nothing of life's shams, is forced into an arranged marriage with Oliver Foy, a wealthy Jamaican planter, only to discover he is a sadist and a beast. She can tell no one. She is trapped. THE BRAV...


  • Bridie Chance has been brought up in luxury, but her world is shattered when she is told that for thirty years her much loved father has been a highly successful criminal -- and is now dead. With no home, no friends, and almost no money, Bridie finds...


  • THEY CALLED HER JANI BUT SHE ONCE HAD ANOTHER NAME. AND A PAST SHE NEVER KNEW. From far-off Tibet to England's rich countryside, this marvelously enchanting novel unfolds the incredible saga of a beautiful, young half-caste whose strange destiny p...


  • Original title: Stranger at Wildings. When eighteen year-old Chantal first encounters the half-starved tramp who calls himself Martin, she is touring Hungary with a circus company as one of the 'Flying Gallettis', and prefers to forget every detai...


  • Reedited as: Kirkby's Changeling. Here is a tale of charm and adventure-set in Europe around the turn of the century-whose colorful action ranges from a touring circus in Hungary to the fox-hunting society of the English countryside to the elegant...


  • The stranger she married that night was gone by morning. But she could never forget she was "Moonraker's Bride." Set against the exotic backdrop of China and England at the turn of the century, this breathtaking novel unfolds a fascinating tale...






  • These are some of the strange clues to the mystery that tormented a young English girl. In pursuit of them, her life changed dramatically and brought her from her father's fishing cottage to a agrand English manor. But the final clues to the mystery ...