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Dame Barbara Cartland's Biography

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Dame (Mary) Barbara Hamilton Cartland was a prolific romantic novelist.

Barbara Cartland was born on 9 July 1901 in Edgbaston, England and died on 21 May 2000.

She was step-grandmother of Princess Diana.

Barbara Cartland published her first novel, Jigsaw when she was 21. It was the first of many books - well over 600. She wrote mainly romantic love stories aimed at female readers, but also produced lifestyle books.

Barbara Cartland achieved an entry in The Guinness Book of Records for writing 26 books in 1983. According to an old Who's Who entry: "Bestselling author in the world (Guinness Book of Records); broke world record for last 12 years, by writing an average of 23 books a year."

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