nearly all set in East Anglia
and so sometimes ranked as regional. They contain enough romance to make them in their day extremely popular, but also address social issues like higher education for women, rural poverty, and social mobility. She also published stories, journalism, and non-fiction including a gardening book, quirky and knowledgeable studies of areas of Britain, and a vivid account of her activism in the campaign against tithes. Her poetry and autobiographical writings remain (apart from early verse) mostly unpublished.
published fifty-four books spanning 1918 to the 1970s, of which forty-five were novels,