Diane Pearson

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Diane Pearson
Diane Margaret Pearson

(1931-11-05)5 November 1931
Croydon, London, England, United Kingdom
Died15 August 2017(2017-08-15) (aged 85)
Spouse(s) Richard Leeper McClelland (a.k.a. Richard Leech)

Diane Pearson (5 November 1931 in London – 15 August 2017 in London) was a British book editor and romance novelist, who has been translated into several languages.

London Capital of the United Kingdom

London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom, with the largest municipal population in the European Union. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles (2.9 km2) and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow closely its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is also an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

Romance novel literary genre

Although the genre is very old, the romance novel or romantic novel discussed in this article is the mass-market version. Novels of this type of genre fiction place their primary focus on the relationship and romantic love between two people, and must have an "emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending." There are many subgenres of the romance novel, including fantasy, historical romance, paranormal fiction, and science fiction. Romance novels are read primarily by women.


In 1994, she won the British Book Award for Editor of the Year [1] and was the President of the Romantic Novelists' Association from 1986 to 2011, when she retired. [2]

The Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) is the professional body that represents authors of romantic fiction in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1960 by Denise Robins, Barbara Cartland, Vivian Stuart, and other authors including Elizabeth Goudge, Netta Muskett, Catherine Cookson, Rosamunde Pilcher and Lucilla Andrews.


Diane Margaret Pearson was born on 5 November 1931 in Croydon, London, England, daughter of Miriam Harriet Youde and William Holker. [3] During her childhood, she often visited her grandparents in a village on the Surrey/Kent borders. [4] She attended Secondary School in Croydon.

Croydon town in South London, England

Croydon is a large town in south London, England, 9.4 miles (15.1 km) south of Charing Cross. The principal settlement in the London Borough of Croydon, it is one of the largest commercial districts outside Central London, with an extensive shopping district and night-time economy.

Surrey County of England

Surrey is a county in South East England which borders Kent to the east, West Sussex to the south, Hampshire to the west, Berkshire to the north-west, and Greater London to the north-east.

Kent County of England

Kent is a county in South East England and one of the home counties. It borders Greater London to the north-west, Surrey to the west and East Sussex to the south-west. The county also shares borders with Essex along the estuary of the River Thames, and with the French department of Pas-de-Calais through the Channel Tunnel. The county town is Maidstone.

At 16, she started her career in publishing with Jonathan Cape Ltd, and was senior editor at Transworld for 38 years. [2] In 1994, she won the British Book Award for Editor of the Year. [1]

In addition, she is the writer of several short stories and novels, which have been translated into several languages.

In 1975, she became the second wife of the Irish actor and physician Richard Leeper McClelland (a.k.a. Richard Leech) (1922–2004). As a widow, she lived in her native London until her death in 2017. [4]

Richard Leech Irish actor

Richard Leech, born Richard Leeper McClelland, was an Irish actor.


Whitman Saga

  1. The Marigold Field (1969)
  2. Sarah Whitman (1971) a.k.a. Sarah

Single novels

Anthologies in collaboration

Victor Canning was a prolific British writer of novels and thrillers who flourished in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. He was personally reticent, writing no memoirs and giving relatively few newspaper interviews.

Duncan Pryde was a hunter, trapper, lexicographer and politician from Northwest Territories, Canada. He served as a member of the Northwest Territories Council from 1966 to 1975. His book based on his experiences, Nunaga (1971), has been reprinted several times.

Herman Wouk American writer

Herman Wouk was an American author best known for historical fiction such as The Caine Mutiny (1951) which won the Pulitzer Prize.

References and sources

  1. 1 2 British Book Awards, archived from the original on August 7, 2007
  2. 1 2 Diane Pearson at Romantic Novelists' Association
  3. Contemporary Authors New Revision Series: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide to Current Writers in Fiction, General Non-Fiction, Poetry, Journalism, Drama, Motion Pictures, Television, & Other Fields, Volume 59, Gale, 1997, p. 450
  4. 1 2 Diane Pearson at Transworld, archived from the original on 2011-05-26, retrieved 2009-04-06

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