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Rosman, Alice Grant (1882 - 1961)


18 July 1882
Kapunda, South Australia, Australia
20 August 1961
Highgate, England


Rosman was born at Kapunda, South Australia, and attended Catholic boarding schools in Adelaide and Cabra. She became a correspondent for the Bulletin in 1908 as well as contributing short stories to a variety of colonial Australian publications like the Lone Hand and Steele Rudd's Magazine. She worked in journalism as a staff writer for the Gadfly and a writer and sub-editor for the Evening Post. In 1911 she went to London, where she lived in Bloomsbury with her mother and sister, continuing in journalism as well as producing fiction. She soon became a successful romance writer, often publishing with Mills and Boon in London, and G P Putnam's Sons in the United States. Many of her works became international bestsellers-her 1926 novel, The Window, dedicated to the colonial children's author Mary Grant Bruce, is said to have run to twelve editions in five months. Those with Australian themes or settings include: Miss Bryde of England (1915), The Tower Wall (1916), The Back Seat Driver (1928) and The Sixth Journey (1931).

Published resources


  • Rosman, Alice Grant., The tower wall, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1916, 312 pp. Details
  • Rosman, Alice Grant., The back seat driver, Mills & Boon, London, 1929, 254 pp. Details
  • Rosman, Alice Grant., The sixth journey, Mills & Boon, London, 1931, 254 pp. Details

Short Stories

  • Rosman, Alice Grant, 'A Book of Verses', in Charleton, W. R. (ed.), The Red kangaroo and other Australian short stories, John Fairfax and Sons, Sydney, 1907, pp. 187-194. Details

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