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Eva Mary Bell's fourteen books, published between 1910 and 1931, are mostly novels, and most of them appeared under the pseudonym of 'John Travers'. She is remembered, if at all, for those set in British India, but all of them are rare today and difficult to get hold of. Her interest in Indian women (especially their education and British women's relations with them) and the Indian Army issued in a pamphlet and a number of letters to The Times, and she was a leading contributor to that newspaper's Woman's Supplement. She also edited correspondence of Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby (since Ponsonby had connections with her family).
1878 Eva Mary Hamilton, later Bell, was born, apparently the eldest in a family of six: a brother and five sisters. Bibliographic Citation link.
1910 Under the pseudonym of 'John Travers', EMB published through Duckworth her first novel, Sahib-log, whose title means the tribe or species of the white rulers of India. Bibliographic Citation link.
By mid-November 1931 EMB published her final novel, Taking a Liberty (set exclusively in England: London, especially Strand-on-the-Green, with a crucial scene at Chanctonbury Ring in West Sussex, site of an Iron Age hill fort). Her name appears as 'Mrs. G. H. Bell (John Travers)'. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
11 February 1959 EMB died at Surbiton Hospital in Surrey. Her Times obituary appeared a week later. Bibliographic Citation link.
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