Norrey Ford

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Noreen Ford Dilcock
Born Noreen Ford
(1907-03-28)28 March 1907
Kingston upon Hull, England, United Kingdom
Died 1985 (aged 7778)
Walsall, England, United Kingdom
Pen name Norrey Ford,
Jill Christian,
Christian Walford
Occupation Novelist
Nationality British
Period 1946-1977
Genre Romance
Spouse James Louis Christian Dilcock

Noreen Ford Dilcock (born 28 March 1907 in Kingston upon Hull, England - d. 1985 in Walsall, England, United Kingdom) was a British writer of romance novels from 1952 to 1977 under different pseudonyms: Norrey Ford, Jill Christian and Christian Walford.

Kingston upon Hull City and unitary authority in England

Kingston upon Hull, usually abbreviated to Hull, is a port city and unitary authority in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It lies upon the River Hull at its confluence with the Humber Estuary, 25 miles (40 km) inland from the North Sea, with a population of 260,700 (mid-2017 est.). Hull lies east of Leeds, east southeast of York and northeast of Sheffield.

Walsall town in the English Midlands

Walsall is a large industrialised market town in the West Midlands. Historically part of Staffordshire, it is located 8 miles (13 km) north-west of Birmingham, 6 miles (10 km) east of Wolverhampton and 9 miles (14 km) from Lichfield.

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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.


She was the second elected Chairman (1963–1965) of the Romantic Novelists' Association and also was a former vice-president of the organization. [1] She was the Walsall Writers' Circle founder and life president. [2]

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Noreen "Norrey" Ford born on 28 March 1907 in Kingston upon Hull, England, UK. Her parents were Robert Ford and Esther Richardson. She studied at Hull's French Convent, Ravensworth School and Appleton-le-Moors. [3] She married James Louis Christian Dilcock (1911–2000), a Midland judge and lay preacher at Walsall's St Paul's Church. The marriage spent much time travelling the world. Norren died on 1985 in Walsall, and her ashes were scattered over the fells by the Lake District. [4]


As Norrey Ford


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Single novels

  • Where Love Is (1952)
  • Romantic Heart (1953)
  • My Gentle Enemy (1953)
  • Dragon Castle (1954)
  • The Mistress of High Trees (1955)
  • The Rainbow in the Spray (1956)
  • Nurse with a Dream (1957)
  • Let Love Abide (1957)
  • Wild Waters (1958)
  • The House of My Enemy (1959)
  • The Far Sweet Thing (1960)
  • Wild Rowan (1961)
  • Doctor in the Dale (1966)
  • Rich Man, Poor Man (1968)
  • Marriage Tree (1969)
  • Someone Different (1970)
  • Trouble at Gilmore's (1972)
  • Call to the Castle (1974)
  • One Hot Summer (1974)
  • Walk Tall Country (1974)
  • Life Most Dear (1974)
  • Road of the Eagles (1975)
  • The Love Goddess (1976)
  • Fountain of Love (1977)

As Jill Christian


Single novels

  • Bid Me to Love (1952)
  • Heart in Waiting (1953)
  • Love in the Morning (1954)
  • Darling Girl (1954)
  • Beyond the Frost the Flower (1955)
  • Harvest of the Heart (1955)
  • The Chosen One (1956)
  • Summer Shadow (1958)
  • This Day and For Ever (1959)
  • Lad's Love (1960)
  • The Tender Bond (1961)
  • The Long Summer Night (1962)
  • Nurse of My Heart (1963)
  • The Castle of the Ravens (1967)
  • Master of This House (1970)
  • A Scent of Lemons (1972)

Anthologies in collaboration

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As Christian Walford

Single novels

  • The Little Masters (1969)

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