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Lucilla Andrews Doctor Nurse Romance Novels: Does ‘The Wife of the Red-haired Man’ Really Exist?

Updated on November 6, 2015

Are you an enthusiast for the subject of obscure vintage romance paperbacks? If you are, then perhaps you have a special enthusiasm for the sub-group of hospital and medical romances such as those written by the late great Lucilla Andrews.

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If you class yourself as a Lucilla Andrews fan then you may well be familiar with most of her output, even though it is largely out of print as I write. Copies of her novels tend to command quite respectable prices, too, on sites such as Amazon: but a fan bites the bullet and pays the price, to get hold of a complete collection!

But of course, in order to buy an overpriced obscure vintage romance paperback on Amazon or any other of the plethora of book-selling sites out there, it has to be listed in the first place. Take a look over the Amazon listings for Lucilla Andrews: there are a lot of great little romances on there – but one you're not likely to find (unless you're looking a whole lot smarter and harder than I am) is 'The Wife of the Red-haired Man'!

The Wife Of The Red-haired Man

Where did this book or title spring from? I'm pretty damn sure it has never appeared on the list of Andrews titles in Corgi publications of her novels, having owned most of them at one time. Does it truly exist, having made a recent appearance on the Wikipedia entry for Ms Andrew's output? Or is it someone just being naughty, and driving us true Lucillites crazy by dangling the possibility of a previously unknown title before us?

There's always the possibility that it is in fact a serialized title that made its appearance for the first time in some woman's weekly magazine prior to being published in book form via an abridged collection. I myself have come across two little-known Lucilla Andrews titles, 'The Silver Lamp' and 'The White Walls' in this manner. And in that case - I WANT IT AND I WANT IT NOW! Lordy, it can be so hard to find obscure books – maybe book-collecting is something God devised to teach us patience and obedience!

On Wikipedia the book shows up as having been published in 1959. However, a quick look on Abebooks reveals no copy for sale. Of course, from there I nip on over to Alibris and have a search. However, although the title comes up, it's either authorless or titles with a different author. How about Google Shopping? When the title is paired with the name 'Lucilla', unfortunately no hits come up. It's a mystery book! (And, I suspect, destined to remain so.)

Still, the chase is half of the fun, right? I'm going to keep right on trying to track down this elusive white unicorn of a book – and if you find it first, don't forget to let me know!


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      daviddwarren22 6 years ago

      Fantastic hub!