Already married for about fifteen years, the future JP published her first novel, a romance titled Daughter of Anna
, under her maiden name, Eleanor Alice Burford.
19 January 1993
Eleanor Hibbert, or JP, died, most likely of old age, while on a cruise in the Mediterranean
. She was on the cruise ship the Sea Princess when she died on the voyage from Athens
to Port Said
The final novel of JP's enormously prolific career was (under this name) Rose Without a Thorn
, one of her Queens of England
series, which appeared some months after her death.