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Barbara Mary Willard, (12 March 1909 - 18 February 1994) a British historical/children's author, was born in Brighton, Sussex in 1909, the daughter of the Shakespearean actor Edmund Willard and the great-niece of Victorian era actor Edward Smith Willard.

Because of her family connections, Willard originally went on the stage as an actress, but she was unsuccessful and abandoned acting in her early 20s. Her literary career spawned a great number of books for adults before she turned to children's literature. In 1967, the same year her earlier Richleighs of Tantamount debuted in the United States, she published A Grove of Green Holly, from which spun off her most famous series of books, Mantlemass. One of the books in this series, The Iron Lily, won Willard The Guardian Award for children's fiction in 1974.

Other books from Willard included Storm from the West (1964), Charity at Home (1966), Hetty (1963) and Three and One to Carry (1965). (Years shown are those for the North American first editions of these books.)

One of her last books, 'The Forest - Ashdown in East Sussex', published by Sweethaws Press in 1989, gives a detailed account of Ashdown Forest. In the introduction to the book, Christopher Robin Milne notes that Willard had moved from her home on the Sussex Downs to the edge of Ashdown Forest in 1956 and that her new surroundings had provided the inspiration and setting for ten of her children's historical novels (eight in the Mantlemass series and two others). It is evident by her own account in her book that she actively involved herself in the affairs of the forest. She was a representative of the forest Commoners elected to the forest's Board of Conservators in 1975, and she remained in that capacity for ten years. She tells how she was later heavily involved in the fundraising campaign which enabled East Sussex County Council to purchase the forest in 1988, enabling it to remain as a place of beauty and tranquillity open to the public.

Very little about the author was written during her lifetime, because of her private nature. She died in her native land in 1994.

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Total Books: 140
The Sprig of Broom
2010 - The Sprig of Broom [Mantlemass] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781903252352
ISBN-10: 1903252350
Genre: Children's Books

The Lark and the Laurel
2009 - The Lark and the Laurel (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781903252345
ISBN-10: 1903252342

If All the Swords in England A Story of Thomas Becket
2000 - If All the Swords in England a Story of Thomas Becket [Living History Library] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781883937492
ISBN-10: 1883937493
Genre: History
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.

Son of Charlemagne
1997 - Son of Charlemagne [Living History Library] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781883937300
ISBN-10: 1883937302
Genres: Children's Books, Nonfiction
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.

Augustine Came to Kent
1996 - Augustine Came to Kent [Living History Library] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781883937218
ISBN-10: 1883937213
Genres: Children's Books, Teen & Young Adult
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

The Pocket Mouse
1992 - The Pocket Mouse (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780744523645
ISBN-10: 0744523648

The farmer's boy
1991 - The Farmer's Boy (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781856811408
ISBN-10: 1856811409

1989 - Harrow and Harvest [Mantlemass Chronicles] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780440204800
ISBN-10: 0440204801
Genre: Children's Books

Smiley Tiger
1989 - Smiley Tiger [Racers] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780744514025
ISBN-10: 0744514029
Genre: Literature & Fiction

A Flight of Swans
1989 - A Flight of Swans [Mantlemass Chronicles, Bk 6] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780440204589
ISBN-10: 0440204585
Genre: Children's Books

The Iron Lily
1989 - The Iron Lily [Mantlemass Chronicles, Bk 6] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780440204343
ISBN-10: 0440204348
Genre: Children's Books

1989 - Eldest Son The [Mantlemass Chronicle, No 4] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
A Cold Wind Blowing
1989 - A Cold Wind Blowing [Mantlemass Chronicles, Bk 4] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780440204084
ISBN-10: 0440204089
Genre: Teen & Young Adult
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

1989 - Sprig of Broom [Mantlemass Chronicles] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780440203476
ISBN-10: 0440203473

The Lark and the Laurel
1989 - The Lark and the Laurel [Mantlemass Chronicles, Bk 2] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780440201564
ISBN-10: 044020156X
Genre: Children's Books

Iron Lily
1988 - Iron Lily (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780356131795
ISBN-10: 0356131793

Dragon Box
1988 - Dragon Box (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780356139487
ISBN-10: 0356139484

The Dragon Box
1988 - The Dragon Box [Red storybook set] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780356139494
ISBN-10: 0356139492

Spell Me a Witch
1988 - Spell Me a Witch [Knight Books] (Paperback)Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780340265406
ISBN-10: 034026540X

The Family Tower
1988 - The Family Tower [Swift Books] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780859978880
ISBN-10: 0859978885

Cold Wind Blowing
1988 - Cold Wind Blowing [Mantlemass novels] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780356131726
ISBN-10: 0356131726

Lark and the Laurel
1987 - Lark and the Laurel [The Mantlemass novels] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780356131689
ISBN-10: 0356131688

1986 - Ned Only [A Magnet book] (Paperback)Hardcover
1984 - Summer Season [Knight Books] (Paperback)Hardcover
1983 - Een Koude Wind [A Cold Wind Blowing - Dutch Edition] (Paperback)
1981 - The Keys of Mantlemass [The Mantlemass novels] (Other)
1979 - Surprise Island [Knight Books] (Paperback)Hardcover
1972 - The Penny Pony [Young Puffin Books] (Paperback)Hardcover
1970 - Priscilla Pentecost [Reindeer Bks.] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
1965 - Wild Idea [REINDEER BKS.] (Hardcover)
1964 - Pram Race [Gazelle Bks.] (Hardcover)
1963 - Suddenly Gang [REINDEER BOOKS] (Hardcover)Hardcover
Penny Pony [Antelope Bks.] (Hardcover)Paperback
Pet Club [Antelope Bks.] (Hardcover)
Eldest Son [Mantlemass novels] (Hardcover)Paperback
Chichester Lewes [Local history series] (Hardcover)