Biography (Critical Survey of Mystery & Detective Fiction, Revised Edition)
Ann Granger was born Patricia Ann Granger on July 12, 1939, in Portsmouth, England. Her father, Eugene Granger, was a Royal Navy officer; her mother, Norah Granger, was a homemaker. As a child, Granger learned to love books and reading, as her mother would read to her for hours. When she was still a teenager, an English teacher encouraged her to read literary works by writers not often encountered by young readers, such as the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevski.
Granger completed her education at Royal Holloway College, London University, where she specialized in modern languages. From 1960 to 1961, she worked in France as an English teacher. Granger then returned to London University, and in 1962, she received her bachelor of arts degree, with honors. After graduation, she went to work in the visa sections of British consulates and embassies in Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, and Austria. In 1966, she married John Hulme, a colleague in the foreign service, and accompanied him to Zambia and Germany. Both of their children, Timothy and Christopher, were born while the Hulmes were abroad. When the family returned to England and made their home in Bicester, Oxfordshire, Granger embarked on a new career as a writer.
Although Granger really wanted to write crime novels, she began her literary career with historical romances, publishing them as Ann Hulme. From 1981, when Summer Heiress appeared, until 1989, Mills & Boon published almost a...
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