(1899–1989), versatile and prolific British author of novels for young people as well as biographies, thrillers, and romances for adults. Laurence Walter Meynell served in both world wars and taught for a while but spent most of his working life as a writer and editor, first at the Bodley Head and then on Time and Tide. He is best known for his school stories, written under the pseudonym A.Stephen Tring—the three Barry novels for boys (1947– 1952) and the eight penny novels for girls (1949–1961)— and for career novels written under his own name and (for the four Bodley Head career stories for girls) the pseudonym Valerie Baxter. He completed the Nurse Carter trilogy after the death of its author (his first wife, Shirley Darbyshire), and he also wrote a series about Nurse Ross. Other pen names include Robert Eton and Geoffrey Ludlow. His work is well crafted, literate, and realistic, even in adventure mode and, though very much of its time, is still readable today.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature in Oxford Reference.