Tessa Barclay is a pseudonym of the bestselling and prolific author Jean Bowden. For over half a century, Jean wrote short stories, novels and non-fiction, under a number of different pen names.
Jean was born in Edinburgh in 1920. She started her career as an editorial assistant, and later worked as a features writer on Woman’s Mirror and as assistant fiction editor of Woman’s Own. For many years she was an editorial consultant for Mills & Boon. She also wrote some novels for Mills & Boon, as Belinda Dell.
Tessa Barclay is probably the best known of Jean’s pen names. As Tessa Barclay she wrote a string of bestselling family sagas, including trilogies The Champagne Family Saga and the Corvill Family Saga, and the four-part Craigallan series. Her family sagas were meticulously researched and contained a wealth of historical detail, as well as appearances from famous real-life figures.
Jean Bowden lived in London for many years, and was president of Croydon Writers Group. She died, aged 96 in 2016.
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Nurses at War (as Jean Bowden)