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The Moorland Man

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1926, 312 pp

The Tale of Rowan Christie

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1927, 311 pp

Beauty Bewitched

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1928, 310 pp

Death on Tiptoe

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1931, 319 pp

Greyladies Press, Edinburgh, 2009, 270 pp

“Against the backdrop of the crumbling Cleys Castle on the Welsh Border
Marches, the house party guests dress up in ancient Tudor costumes for a
game of hide and seek. It leads to trouble… as the veneer of upper-class
sophistication disintegrates, exposing dark secrets, greed and ruthless

Plot Against a Widow

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1932, 320 pp

He Arrived at Dusk

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1933, 318 pp

Valancourt Books, USA, 2013, print on demand

William Mertoun arrives to catalogue the library at Colonel Barr’s mansion
and senses something is terribly wrong. Barr’s brother Ian has just died,
and the Colonel himself is hidden away in a locked room, to which his
sinister nurse denies all access. There are supernatural events, a
harrowing seance, and an actual ghost..... What does the ghost want, and
can it be stopped?

Out Went the Taper

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1933, 320 pp

According to the blurb, this ‘surpasses in horror’ He Arrived at Dusk. A young American
succeeds in solving the mystery of the ghost that haunts the nearby ruined monastery, but
only after two murders have been committed, one love affair finished, and another
begun. Set in Wales, as several of the other mysteries appear to have been.

One Way Traffic

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1933, 336 pp

Lady Rose and Mrs Memmary

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1937, 222 pp

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1938, 223 pp (mid)

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1941 (right top)

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1947, 223 pp (left)

In The Masterpieces, with Goodbye Mr Chips,
Man who Made Wine, China Run

Hodder & Stoughton, 1965, pb

Persephone, London, 2004,

preface Candia McWilliam

As Ruby Ferguson

The Moment of Truth

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1944, 319 pp

I do have this but haven’t read it yet. All I can tell you about it is that it’s set in war time, and
is a romantic novel, with the war “as background to a strange confession written with passion
in memory.”

Our Dreaming Done

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1946, 304 pp

Morley-Baker, 1969, 304 pp (right)

Winter’s Grace

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1948, 313 pp

An historical story, set in the north of England during the 18th century. Hero Denys Percevell
has inherited his father’s estate but is not happy. Apart from his sister Annina, he is at cross
purposes with his family. Annina then decides to marry the rackety son of a local family. It
appears that this marriage is the worst thing that can happen to the family, until Bonnie Prince
Charlie invades England. It is the aftermath of that invasion that tears the family apart.

Turn Again Home

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1951, 287 pp

The Apricot Sky

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1952, 252 pp

Little, Brown & Company, New York, 1952

The Leopard’s Coast

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1954, 351 pp

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1959, paperback (right)

For Every Favour

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1956, 320 pp

Little, Brown, New York, 1957

Doves in my Fig-Tree

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1957, 349 pp

The Cousins of Colonel Ivy

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1957 (1959?), 318 pp

The Wakeful Guest

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1962, 287 pp

A Woman with a Secret

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1962, 287 pp

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1965, 190 pp

Children at the Shop

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1967, 254 pp

Don’t read this as the true story of Ruby Ferguson’s childhood - it has only the barest relationship
to the truth! The geographical background to the book is accurate, as Ruby did indeed live
in Woolwich, where most of the book is set, in her childhood, but very little else is. As the story
of a childhood, it’s a great read, but it’s not Ruby’s childhood.

The Queen's Book of the Red Cross

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1939

This book consists of contributions by fifty British authors and artists, and was published in
aid of the Lord Mayor of London's Fund for the Red Cross and the Order of St John of
Jerusalem. Ruby Ferguson was one of the contributors.

As R C Ashby (Rubie C Ashby, Rubie Constance Ashby)

Miss Graham’s Guest

In The Methodist, no 90, June 1932

I assume this is a short story.

A Paintbox for Pauline

Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1953, 160 pp, illus Caney

The Bates family have rebelled. They don’t want to go to Dawnsey Bay, yet again. They want
a change, and separate holidays, so that’s what they get. One rides, one works as a kennel
maid, one paints in Wales, and the last one learns to cook and sew.

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