Monica: A Life of Monica Dickens

By Anne Wellman

Biography & memoir | Paperback, eBook


Charles Dickens' great-granddaughter Monica Dickens was the author of twenty-five novels and many classics for children, and one of the most popular writers of her day. Born into the upper classes, as a bored and unhappy debutante in the 1930s she took the incredible step of going into domestic service. 'One Pair of Hands', the book Monica wrote about her exploits, sold in the millions and has never been out of print since. Her subsequent works, calling on her rich experience as a wartime nurse, Spitfire factory worker, GI bride and more, sold in similar numbers but are now largely forgotten. Often dismissed as a 'light' writer, and her widespread appeal deflecting serious recognition, Monica Dickens was nevertheless highly praised by some of the most respected authors of the twentieth century, and indeed beyond. Far from writing lightly, she addressed issues such as child abuse, suicide, and inner city deprivation, all based on personal research. Her novels, always threaded with humour, were immensely understanding of human frailties, but at the same time urged resilience and responsibility for one's fellow man. These were qualities that Monica herself possessed in plenty. After becoming a volunteer for the Samaritans in England, this deeply compassionate woman went on to found the first branch of the organisation in America and hence to save countless lives. Her name is engraved on a marker near the soaring bridges over the Cape Cod Canal, where she campaigned for the erection of higher barriers to stop desperate people jumping to their deaths. This is Monica's story.


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Charles Dickens' great-granddaughter Monica Dickens was the author of twenty-five novels and many classics for children, and one of the most popular writers of her day. Born into the upper classes, as a bored and unhappy debutante in the 1930s she took the incredible step of going into domestic service. 'One Pair of Hands', the book Monica wrote about her exploits, sold in the millions and has never been out of print since. Her subsequent works, calling on her rich experience as a wartime nurse, Spitfire factory worker, GI bride and more, sold in similar numbers but are now largely forgotten. Often dismissed as a 'light' writer, and her widespread appeal deflecting serious recognition, Monica Dickens was nevertheless highly praised by some of the most respected authors of the twentieth...


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Anne Wellman has written three biographies of much loved authors of the mid to late twentieth century. She lives in Scotland.




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