Mollie Panter-Downes

Mary Patricia “Mollie” Panter-Downes was a novelist and newspaper columnist for The New Yorker. Aged sixteen, she wrote The Shoreless Sea which became a bestseller; eight editions were published in 1923 and 1924, and the book was serialised in The Daily Mirror. Her second novel The Chase was published in 1925.

After her marriage to Aubrey Robinson in 1927, the couple moved to Surrey, and in 1938 Panter-Downes began writing for the New Yorker, first a series of short stories, and from September 1939, a column entitled Letter from London, which she wrote until 1984. The collected columns were later published as Letters from England (1940) and London War Notes (1972).

After visiting Ootacamund, in India, she wrote about the town, known to all as Ooty, in her New Yorker columns. This material was later published as Ooty preserved.

Mollie Panter-Downes died in Compton, Surrey, aged 90.

The Shoreless Sea (1923)

The Chase (1925)

My Husband Simon (1931)

Letter From England – 1940

One Fine Day (1947)

Ooty preserved: a Victorian hill station (1967)

London War Notes, 1939-1945 – 1971

At The Pines: Swinburne And Watts Dunton In Putney – 1971

Good Evening, Mrs. Craven (short stories collected between 1938–1944) Republished by Persephone Books in 1999.

Minnie’s Room (Short stories collected between 1947–1965) Republished by Persephone Books in 2002.

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