Evelyn Bridget Patricia Stephens Ward-Thomas, born in 1928, was educated largely at home. During the Second World War she was evacuated to the West Country, whilst her father, Henry Christian Stephens, re-entered the Royal Navy to develop his Dome Trainer, one of the first inventions to cover anti-aircraft gunnery training.
She started writing in 1949, following her marriage. Her pen name comes from Evelyn as a man's profile, as women were often not published during the years after the Second World War, and St Anthony, the Catholic patron of lost things.
First writing short stories for periodicals, she gained fame and success, with her well-known historical novels being especially noted for her original treatment of Anne Boleyn - a historical character dealt with by numerous other writers. Two of them became Literary Guild Choices.
Her historical novels Far Flies The Eagle and Valentina were both set during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. Later, she switched to writing contemporary thrillers and spy novels featuring strong female leads such as Davina Graham (Head of British spy services) with well-developed characterisation of protagonists and twist endings, which her readers came to expect.
Her books were translated into no fewer than nineteen languages and frequently compared to the writings of Ted Allbury, Colin Forbes and Claire Frances..
In 1994, Evelyn Ward-Thomas, was appointed the first female High Sheriff of Essex. She was married to Michael Ward-Thomas, former director of a mining company, who died in 2004. They had six children - four sons and two daughters. A daughter, Kitty, died in 1995. There are fourteen grandchildren spread around the globe, the latest in Australia in early 2008. She lives in a sixteenth-century manor in Essex. Earlier, they lived in Kildare in Ireland. Her hobbies are reported to be her dogs, socialising, gardening and listening to classical music
1967 The Rendezvous/No Resistance
1969 The Legacy
1969 The Legend
1970 The Aassassin
1970 The Pollenburg Inheritance/A Dubious Legacy
1971 The Tamarind Seed
1973 The Occupying Power/Stranger at the Gates/Sleeping with the Enemy
1974 The Malaspiga Exit/Mission to Malaspiga
1975 The Persian Ransom/The Persion Price
1977 The Silver Falcon
1978 The Return
1979 The Grave of Truth/ The Janus Imperitive/Codeword Janus
1985 Voices in the Wind
1987 No Enemy But Time/A Place to Hide
1988 The House of Vandekar
1989 The Scarlet Thread
1991 The Relic
1992 The Doll’s House
Her series featuring Davina Graham:
1980 The Defector/Betrayal
1981 The Avenue of the Dead/The Plumed Serpent
1983 The Company of Saints/Mind Games
She was one of my favourite authors. Loved her booksReplyDelete