She was a founder member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, which honoured her shortly before her death with a lifetime achievement award.
As a writer of thirty-five novels over the period 1954-96 she specialised in hospital romances. Her noms de plume included Diana Gordon and Joanna Marcus.
In late 2006, Lucilla Andrews' autobiography No Time for Romance became the focus of a posthumous controversy. It has been alleged that the novelist Ian McEwan plagiarized from this work while writing his highly-acclaimed novel, Atonement. McEwan has protested his innocence.
It's a Matter of Good Manners, Mr McEwan; the MoS Report Revealing How BookerPrize Winner Ian McEwan Copied the Work of a Romantic Novelist Caused a Sensation around the World. Now the Journalist Who Broke the Story Defends Herself against the Personal (and Ill-Informed) Attacks of McEwan's Literary Cronies
Dec 10, 2006; Byline: JULIA LANGDON IT IS a remarkable roll-call of writers; Martin Amis, Margaret Atwood, John Updike, Thomas Keneally, Zadie...