Netta Muskett

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Netta Rachel Hill Muskett
Born Netta Rachel Hill
Sevenoaks, Kent, England
Died 29 May 1963 (aged 7576)
Putney, England
Pen name Netta Muskett,
Anne Hill
Occupation novelist
Language English
Nationality British
Period 1927–1963
Genre Romance
Spouse Henry Wallace Muskett
Children 1 son
3 stepchildren

Netta Muskett (1887 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England – 29 May 1963 in Putney) was a British writer of more than 60 romance novels from 1927 to 1963, she also wrote under the pseudonym Anne Hill. [1] Her novels are translated to several languages, including: Spanish, French, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish and Danish.

Sevenoaks commuter town situated in West Kent, England

Sevenoaks is a town and civil parish with a population of 29,506 situated south-east of London in western Kent, England. The population of the parish had reduced to 20,409 at the 2011 Census. It is served by a commuter main line railway into London. Sevenoaks is 21 miles (34 km) from Charing Cross, the traditional centre of London. It is the principal town of the Sevenoaks district, followed by Swanley and Edenbridge.

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.

Putney district in south-west London, England

Putney is a district in south-west London, England in the London Borough of Wandsworth. It is centred 6.1 miles (9.8 km) south-west of Charing Cross. The area is identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London.


Netta Muskett was co-founded and vice-president of the Romantic Novelists' Association, [2] that created in her honour the Netta Muskett Award for new writers, now called the RNA New Writers Scheme.

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.


Personal life

Netta Rachel Hill was born on 1887 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England, UK. She was educated at Kent College, Folkestone, before became teacher of Mathematics.

Kent College

Kent College, Canterbury is a co-educational independent school for boarding and day pupils between the ages of 3 months and 18 years. It was founded in 1885, and is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. Originally established as a boys' public school, it admitted girls into the sixth form in 1973 and since 1975 it has been fully co-educational.

Folkestone town in the Shepway District of Kent, England

Folkestone is a port town on the English Channel, in Kent, south-east England. The town lies on the southern edge of the North Downs at a valley between two cliffs. It was an important harbour and shipping port for most of the 19th and 20th centuries.

During the World War I, she joined the Voluntary Aid Detachment, and drove an ambulance in France. In 1916, her brother, member of the Imperial Camel Corp, was killed in Egypt.

Voluntary Aid Detachment organization

The Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) was a voluntary unit of civilians providing nursing care for military personnel in the United Kingdom and various other countries in the British Empire. The most important periods of operation for these units were during World War I and World War II. Although VADs were intimately bound up in the war effort, they were not strictly speaking military nurses, as they were not under the control of the military, unlike the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps, the Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service, and the Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service. The VAD nurses worked in both field hospitals, i.e., close to the battlefield, and longer-term places of recuperation back in Britain.

Egypt Country spanning North Africa and Southwest Asia

Egypt, officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia by a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. Egypt is a Mediterranean country bordered by the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northeast, the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south, and Libya to the west. Across the Gulf of Aqaba lies Jordan, across the Red Sea lies Saudi Arabia, and across the Mediterranean lie Greece, Turkey and Cyprus, although none share a land border with Egypt.

After the war, she worked as secretary of Lord George Riddell, 1st Baron Riddell, owner and Managing Director of the News of the World. In 1925, she married the widower Henry Wallace Muskett (1886–1953), who had three children from his first marriage, and they had a son, Peter Muskett, who married Judith; they had two children: Sarah-Jane and Jamie.

George Riddell, 1st Baron Riddell British lawyer, newspaper proprietor and public servant.

George Allardice Riddell, 1st Baron Riddell, known as Sir George Riddell, Bt, between 1918 and 1920, was a British solicitor, newspaper proprietor and public servant.

<i>News of the World</i> British tabloid newspaper

The News of the World was a national red top newspaper published in the United Kingdom from 1843 to 2011. It was at one time the highest-selling English-language newspaper in the world, and at closure still had one of the highest English-language circulations. It was originally established as a broadsheet by John Browne Bell, who identified crime, sensation and vice as the themes that would sell copies. The Bells sold to Henry Lascelles Carr in 1891; in 1969 it was bought from the Carrs by Rupert Murdoch's media firm News Limited. Reorganised into News International, itself a subsidiary of News Corporation, it was transformed into a tabloid in 1984 and became the Sunday sister paper of The Sun. The newspaper concentrated on celebrity-based scoops and populist news. Its fondness for sex scandals gained it the nickname News of the Screws. It had a reputation for exposing national or local celebrities' drug use, sexual peccadilloes, or criminal acts, setting up insiders and journalists in disguise to provide either video or photographic evidence, and phone hacking in ongoing police investigations. Sales averaged 2,812,005 copies per week in October 2010.

During the World War II, she again served with the V.A.D where she taught handicrafts in British and American hospitals. [3]

She died on 29 May 1963 in Putney. [4]

Writing career

She started publishing on 1927, and she continued writing until the day of her death, and her last novel, Cloudbreak, was published posthumously. In 2013, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her death, her family started to published her novels as ebook through Amazon Kindle.


As Netta Muskett



  • The Jade Spider (1927)
  • The Flickering Lamp (1930)
  • The Open Window (1930)
  • A Mirror for Dreams (1931)
  • After Rain (1931)
  • Nor Any Dawn (1932)
  • The Shallow Cup (1932)
  • Plaster Cast (1933)
  • Wings in the Dust (1933)
  • Painted Heaven (1934)
  • Silver-Gilt (1935)
  • Tamarisk (1935)
  • Winter's Day (1936)
  • Alley-Cat (1937)
  • Middle Mist (1937)
  • The Shadow Market (1938)
  • Blue Haze (1939)
  • Today is Ours (1939)
  • Scarlet Heels (1940)
  • The Wire Blind (1940)
  • Wide and Dark (1940)
  • The Gilded Hoop (1941)
  • Love in Amber (1942)
  • Candle in the Sun (1943)
  • Golden Harvest (1944)
  • Fire of Spring (1946)
  • Misadventure (1946)
  • The Patchwork Quilt (1946)
  • The Clency Tradition (1947)
  • A Daughter for Julia (1948)
  • The Durrants (1948)
  • Living with Adam (1949)
  • Cast the Spear (1950)
  • House of Many Windows (1950)
  • No May in October (1951)
  • The Long Road (1951)
  • Rock Pine (1952)
  • Safari for Seven (1952)
  • Brocade (1953) aka Not the Marrying Kind
  • Philippa (1954)
  • Red Dust (1954)
  • Give Back Yesterday (1955)
  • Flowers from the Rock (1956)
  • Light From One Star (1956)
  • The Crown of Willow (1957)
  • Flame of the Forest (1958)
  • The Fettered Past (1958)
  • The High Fence (1959)
  • Through Many Waters (1961)
  • The Touchstone (1962)
  • The Weir House (1962)
  • Love and Deborah (1963)
  • Cloudbreak (1964)
  • Daughter for John

As Anne Hill


  • The White Dove (1956)
  • This lovely thing (1957)
  • No yesterdays (1959)
  • Safe harbour (1960)
  • Jennifer (1961)
  • House of straw (1962)
  • The other woman (1963)

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