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Neither great, nor original - Barbara Cartland, still the queen of romantic fiction

By Duncan Fallowell   April 2001

She was always a terrific giver. When we were doing the punk glossy Deluxe in the late 1970s, I rang her up out of the blue and asked for a contribution and she said “if I write something new it will be expensive, because I’m the world’s most successful writer. But if you want to publish a piece I’ve already done, you can have it for nothing because it’s doing good.”

The article, on how to stay young, was transported to our office in a coffee-coloured Rolls Royce and brought in by a uniformed chauffeur. It was in an elaborate…

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