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Lucy Abelson was born in a small English village in the county of Norfolk. She grew up in Kent where her father ran a small tutorial establishment and her mother was a doctor. Since her parents met on the golf course playing mixed foursomes, the Wildernesse country club played a big part in family life.
Lucy spent much of her time outside school in the children's corner of the Sevenoaks bookshop. Although she devoured fiction she managed to win general knowledge competition set by the bookshop. This led to a prize giving ceremony with the renowned children's author Noel Streatfield. On hearing the ten year old wanted to be a "writer like you" when she grew up, the great author responded, to hoots of laughter from the assembled grown-ups, "this little girl wants to steal my job".
Undeterred Lucy started contributing to magazines during her school days at West Heath, where her mother was school doctor, both whilst Lucy was there and subsequently when the school was attended by the late Diana, Princess of Wales.