Happy Birthday, Charlotte Lamb!
Another year, another birthday message for my mother in absentia.
Born Sheila Ann Mary Coates on December 22nd 1937, she later became Charlotte Lamb, best-selling romantic novelist and mother to five children, including myself.
Charlotte Lamb published over 150 novels under that name and various other pseudonyms, her main oeuvre consisting of romances, thrillers, and historical fiction. She died suddenly on October 8th 2000 in her home on the Isle of Man.
One of her favourite birthday presents was a scarlet-leaved potted poinsettia, cheerfully bright, always available at this time of year, and just cheap enough to be a popular present from one of her kids.
Happy Birthday, mum!