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Barbara Cartland, the princess of puffy pink frocks, Pekingese, passion…and plagiarism?

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Born in 1901, Dame Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland, AKA Barbara Cartland, wrote 723 novels, a number of which were translated into 36 different languages. She was one of the most prolific and commercially successful twentieth century authors, some putting her sales at more than a billion copies. In 1950, Cartland was accused of plagiarism by author Georgette Heyer but while Heyer completed a detailed analysis of the alleged plagiarisms for her solicitors, the case never made it to court. If you’ve read all of Babs’ published novels, don’t despair—160 of her unpublished novels are being made available at a site called The Pink Collection. Each month the site publishes a new, previously unpublished novel.