Anna Dean

Anna Dean

Cumberland, England, The United Kingdom



Anna Dean was born in Cumberland (now part of Cumbria) in England in 1956. She moved to the Midlands as a child but as she grew older she became determined to return to the Lake District and, after a few years living in Wales, she moved back to Cumbria in 1984. She lives near Ambleside with her husband.

Dean has worked as an assistant to a psychologist; she has worked for the National Trust; she has taught Creative Writing and worked for the Wordsworth Trust at Grasmere in the Lake District; and she has an MA in Creative Writing.

"Anna Dean" is a pen name adopted for the Dido Kent series of historical crime novels set in the Regency period – the time of Jane Austen.Under her ‘real name’, Marian Veevers, she published an historical novel, 'Blo

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“It was, of course, a great failure in a woman's life - to never have achieved even a doomed and unsuccessful love. But she was not quite sure whether she had failed or not.

When she was young there had been moments, of course. But those moments had never amounted to much more than a little fever of admiration - a little flutter and agitation in a ballroom - so slight a feeling that the cautious Dido had never considered it a secure foundation for a lifetime of living together. And then, sooner or later, she had always made and odd remark, or laughed at the wrong moment, and the young men became alarmed or angry - and the flutter and the agitation all turned to irritation.

Dido could laugh and gossip about love as well as any woman but, deep down, she suspected that she had not the knack of falling into it.”
Anna Dean, Bellfield Hall

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