(1876–1967), British children's writer. Amy Violet Needham's novels, many of them set in early 20th-century Ruritania, enjoyed enormous popularity. The trappings of royalty, integral to her plots, do not obscure her sure handling of character. Reluctant kingship and the conflict of duty with personal wishes are recurring themes in her writing, whether in her Ruritanian works such as The Stormy Petrel (1942), or in her historical novels, also set in imaginary countries, such as The Changeling of Monte Lucio (1946). Needham was in her sixties when her first book was published; long after her death, her works still have a devoted following of adult fans.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature in Oxford Reference.