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Rosemary Hawley Jarman

Rosemary Hawley Jarman

British writer
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Quick Facts
Intro British writer
Occupations Novelist
Gender female
Birth 27 April 1935
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Rosemary Hawley Jarman (27 April 1935 – 17 March 2015) was an English novelist and writer of short stories.

Jarman was born in Worcester. She was educated first at Saint Mary's Convent and then at The Alice Ottley School, leaving at eighteen to study singing in London for the next three years, having developed a fine soprano voice.

Family circumstances prevented her from continuing in this direction and she worked for a time in local government. She was married to David Jarman in 1958 and divorced amicably in 1970. She lived most of her time in Worcestershire at Callow End, between Worcester and Upton on Severn. She began to write for pleasure, and followed a very real and valid obsession with the character of King Richard III (1452-1485 - reigned 1483–85).

With no thought of publication she completed a 228,000 word novel showing the King in his true colours, away from Tudor and Shakespearian propaganda. The book was taken up almost accidentally by an agent, and within six weeks a contract for publication and four other novels was signed with William Collins Publishers, (now Harper Collins).

The author has had short stories published in many magazines in the UK and France and has been a member of the Society of Authors since 1970. She has been dubbed "A Daughter of Mark Twain" by the Samuel Clemens Society in the U.S.A. for her services to literature.

She lived with the prize-winning author R. T. Plumb for eighteen years in a West Wales cottage. They married in September 2002, but the marriage was cut short after Roy died of cancer in October 2003.

Published works

  • We Speak No Treason (1971), awarded The Silver Quill and the Author's Club First Novel Award.
  • The King's Grey Mare (1972)
  • Crispin's Day (1978)
  • Crown In Candlelight (1978)
  • The Courts of Illusion (1983)
  • The Mists of Melusine (Daw Books) 1996.
  • The Mammoth Book of Historical Erotica (1999) Three short stories.
  • Ai No Corrida published in Eros In Hell (Creation Books 1998).
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