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Pamela Branch

Pamela Branch

Pamela Jean Branch (née Byatt, 1920–1967) was a British author of four comic murder mystery novels.

Pamela Branch
Pamela Jean Byatt

Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Known forThe Wooden Overcoat
Spouse(s)Newton Branch
James Edward Stuart-Lyon

She was born on her parents' tea plantation in Ceylon.[1] She was educated in England, studied art in Paris, and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

She married the solicitor Newton Branch, and they moved together to Cyprus.[2] She divorced Branch in the late 1950s. In 1962, she married James Edward Stuart-Lyon. In 1967, she died from cancer, aged 47.[2]

In 2009, The Wooden Overcoat was made into a one-hour BBC Radio 4 drama, adapted by Mark Gatiss, and starring David Tennant.[3]



Stage Plays

  • Murder Every Monday (adapted from the novel) by Pamela Branch and Philip Dale. First performed in 1964


  1. Fowler, Christopher (2017). The Book of Forgotten Authors. riverrun. pp. 49–51. ISBN 9781786484895.
  2. "gadetection / Branch, Pamela". Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  3. "The Wooden Overcoat, Saturday Drama - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
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