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Jane Oliver

JANE OLIVER (1903-1970) This was the pseudonym of Helen Christina Easson Rees (nee Evans) who was borne on October the 12th 1903 in Newcastleton, Scotland. She was a prolific writer who married John Lleweyn Rees, also a writer, in the Paddington district on March 25th 1939 but who sadly died on active duty with the RAF in 1940. She also was a qualified pilot having obtained her Royal Aero Club Aviator’s certificate in April 1937 in A Gypsy Moth II D.H.60 – 105. During World War 2 she drove an ambulance during the London blitz and was active in the Red Cross.Jane attended University in Lausanne between 1922 and 1923 followed by a longer spell at Bedford Training College.Her connection with our Fordingbridge area is that she lived on Buddle Hill, Gorley from, it is thought, 1940 until her death in 1970 which was recorded in Christchurch. During this time she collaborated with another author Ann Stafford working on several joint books. Her books were chiefly historical novels written from 1930 to 1970 – see listIt is remembered with pleasure that she frequently entertained children from the local Hyde School in her garden and was a keen horsewoman.Jane Oliver (pseudonym of Helen Rees, née Easson, aka Joan Blair [with Ann Stafford])Isle of GloryIn no Strange LandQueen of tearsTo-morrow’s woodEvening of a martinetBarrel of organ tuneTomorrow's Woods (1932), Mine is the Kingdom (1937), The Hour of the Angel (1942), In No Strange Land (1944), Sing morning star (1949)Crown for a Prisoner (1953), Queen Most Fair (1959).ANN STAFFORD (dates unknown)(Pseudonym of Ann Pedlar, aka Joan Blair [with Jane Oliver])Children's author and author of romance and historical novels from the 1930s to 1960s, including some written with Jane Oliver; titles include Green Eyes for Jealousy (1936), Love and Sister Lorna (1939), Cuckoo Green (1941), Look Again, Lovers! (1945), Blossoming Rod (1955).