Lucilla Andrews wrote 33 novels, an autobiography, and many short stories. Her books were published in 11 languages and sold almost 3 million copies during her lifetime. The Nursing Times said that Lucilla was “arguably the best of all writers of hospital fiction”, and The Guardian called her the “brand leader in hospital fiction”.
Lucilla was born in Egypt, but went to boarding school in England. She trained as a Nightingale nurse at St Thomas’s hospital in London. Her first published work was a short story in Good Housekeeping magazine, which she wrote while working as a nurse and bringing up her young daughter.
Lucilla’s novels are well known for their often gritty and no-nonsense portrayals of hospital life, as well as for their romantic plots. Thanks to her own nursing career, her stories present gripping and realistic accounts of nurses’ everyday experiences.
Lucilla was a founder member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the RNA shortly before her death.
Despite their huge popularity, Lucilla’s novels have been out of print for some time, and have never before been published as ebooks. Happily, Wyndham Books are now reissuing her entire backlist of novels in ebook editions.
Lucilla Andrews 1919 – 2006