Susan Ertz
Susan Ertz was a British fiction writer and novelist, known for her "sentimental tales of genteel
Landed gentry
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 life in the country." She was born in Walton-on-Thames
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, Surrey, England to American parents Charles and Mary Ertz. She moved back and forth between both countries during her childhood but chose to live in the UK when she was 18. She married British Army officer
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 Major John Ronald McCrindle, British barrister; in London in 1932.

A common theme running through her work involves a female character "who is thrust out on her own from a sheltered environment into a vaguely hostile external world with which she is initially unprepared to cope. Her coming to terms with this hostile world provides the fictional interest of [her] novels." One of her most highly praised books was The Proselyte, the story of a London woman who marries a Mormon
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 and moves with him to Utah
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One of her later works, In the Cool of the Day, was the source of an eponymous movie
In the Cool of the Day
In the Cool of the Day is a 1963, Metrocolor, American romantic drama film directed by Robert Stevens and starring Peter Finch, Jane Fonda, Angela Lansbury, Nigel Davenport, and John Le Mesurier.-Plot:...

 in 1963, starring Jane Fonda
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, Peter Finch
Peter Finch
Peter Finch was a British-born Australian actor. He is best remembered for his role as "crazed" television anchorman Howard Beale in the film Network, which earned him a posthumous Academy Award for Best Actor, his fifth Best Actor award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and a...

, and Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
Angela Brigid Lansbury CBE is an English actress and singer in theatre, television and motion pictures, whose career has spanned eight decades and earned her more performance Tony Awards than any other individual , with five wins...


A well known quote from Anger in the Sky is "Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon."


  • Madame Claire 1923
  • Nina 1924
  • After Noon 1926
  • The Wind of Complication (short stories) 1927
  • Now East, Now West 1927
  • The Milky Way 1929 (under the name, The Galaxy, this book was on the U.S. best seller fiction list for 1929.)
  • The Story of Julian 1931
  • The Proselyte 1933
  • Now We Burn 1935
  • Woman Alive, But Now Dead 1935
  • No Hearts to Break 1937
  • Black, White and Caroline 1938
  • Big Frogs and Little Frogs (short stories) 1939
  • One Fight More 1939
  • Anger in the Sky 1943
  • Mary Hellam 1947
  • The Prodigal Heart 1950
  • The Undefended Gate 1953 (published in the U.S. as Invitation to Folly)
  • Charmed Circle 1956
  • In the Cool of the Day 1960
  • Week Long Summer's Lease 1972
  • The Philosopher's Daughter 1976
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