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May 8, 2013

World’s oldest romantic novelist, who has worked under 10 different pseudonyms, is still writing racy bodice-rippers aged 105

Ida Pollock, 105, has been hailed as the world's oldest romantic novelist

Ida Pollock, 105, has been hailed as the world’s oldest romantic novelist

By Toni Jones

Writer Ida Pollock was today hailed the world’s oldest romantic novelist as it was revealed she is still producing steamy books at the age of 105.Ida has written 123 novels during her prolific career – many of them tales of virgins, chaste kisses and dashing male heroes.

Ida has sold millions of books over nine decades with risque titles such as ‘White Heat’ and ‘Interlude for Love’.

She no longer sits at her typewriter but dictates to daughter Rosemary, 69, at their remote country home in Lanreath near Looe, Cornwall.

Ida said: ‘A romance is never just a romance, there’s adventure, mystery and movement.

‘You need a grand, dramatic setting – the Swiss Alps were always an personal favourite of mine – and a chance meeting, on a train, a cruise, or perhaps the hero and heroine find themselves shipwrecked on a desert island.

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