Jersey, Countess of
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See VILLIERS, MARGARET (ELIZABETH CHILD-), COUNTESS OF JERSEY.
Novelist and expert on crime, born at Chisle-hurst in Kent; her clergyman father was a nephew of the poet Tennyson. In her teens she started to train in Cornwall as a painter, exhibiting some pictures and illustrating a book before turning to journalism in 1911. She wrote for the Daily Mail, The Times, and other newspapers, worked for the Ministry of Information during the First World War, and spent some time as a freelance reporter at the front. In 1919 she published The Sword of Deborah: first-hand impressions of the British Women’s Army in France. After her marriage in 1918 to the playwright H.M.Harwood, they collaborated on a number of successful light comedies such as Billeted (1919), The Pelican (1924), and How To Be Healthy Though Married (1930).