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Occupation  Writer
Role  Author
Name  Gillian Baverstock

Education  Benenden School, Kent
Nationality  British
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Born  Gillian Mary Pollock 15 July 1931 Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, England (1931-07-15)
Alma mater  University of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, UK
Relatives  Enid Blyton (mother), Hugh Alexander Pollock (father), Imogen Mary Smallwood (sister), Rosemary Pollock (half-sister)
Died  June 24, 2007, Ilkley, United Kingdom
Spouse  Donald Baverstock (m. 1957)
Children  Sara Baverstock, Glyn Baverstock, Owain Baverstock, Sian Baverstock
Books  Gillian Baverstock Remembers Enid Blyton, Enid Blyton
Similar People  Enid Blyton, Rosemary Pollock, Ida Pollock

Parents  Enid Blyton, Hugh Pollock

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Gillian Mary Baverstock (née Pollock; 15 July 1931 in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, England – 24 June 2007 in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, England) was a British author and elder daughter of English novelist Enid Blyton and her first husband, Hugh Pollock. She wrote and spoke to audiences and the media extensively about her mother as well as her own childhood and life.

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Personal life

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Gillian Mary Pollock was born on 15 July 1931, the elder daughter of the children's author Enid Blyton (1897–1968) and her first husband, Major Hugh Pollock (1888–1971), a World War I veteran. On 27 October 1935, her younger sister, Imogen Mary Smallwood, was born. When she was 12 and her sister was 8, their parents divorced. Her mother later married the surgeon Kenneth Fraser Darrell Waters (1892–1967); and her father married the writer Ida Crowe, with whom he had a daughter, Rosemary Pollock. After divorce and remarriage, her mother decided that the best thing for Gillian and her sister was not to have contact with their father, of whom they had not seen much during World War II. Enid even changed her daughters' surname to 'Darrell Waters'. Years later, Gillian tried to contact her father Hugh; but she was never to see him again, although she did establish a relationship with her half-sister Pollock, who became a writer.

Education

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Pollock was educated at Benenden School, a boarding independent school for girls in Kent in South East England, followed by the University of St Andrews in Fife in Scotland.

Life and career

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In 1957, Pollock married Donald Baverstock, a BBC producer and executive, at St James's Church, Piccadilly; they had four children: Glyn (b. 1961, d. 1983, car accident), Sian (b. 1958, d. 2006, heart attack), Sara, and Owain. After her husband's death, she lived in Ilkley, England; she was survived by two of her four children and five grandchildren; Glyndwr, Dominic, Zoe, Alec and Georgina.

First jobs

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Baverstock worked as a primary school teacher at Moorfield School, Ilkley, and wrote and spoke to audiences and the media extensively about her mother as well as her own childhood and life. She was estranged from her younger sister, Imogen Smallwood, who – in contrast to Gillian – did not remember her childhood or Blyton's qualities as a mother fondly.

Quill Publications, Ltd.

In 1999, Baverstock founded Quill Publications Ltd., with comic writer Tim Quinn, to produce twelve editions of the children's comic book Blue Moon. She wrote a series of stories which were based on popular fairy tales like "Sleeping Beauty" and "Little Red Riding Hood". The comic is no longer in production.

In 2005, Baverstock defended her mother's book The Mystery That Never Was after claims that it contained racist overtones.

Appearances

  • The Edinburgh Book Festival, "Growing Up with Enid Blyton", 26 August 2006.
  • Oxford Literary Festival, "Enid Blyton", 25 March 2007.
  • References

    Gillian Baverstock Wikipedia


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