Wendy Pollard left school at 16, and, after some routine first jobs, landed what was supposed to have been a temporary secretarial summer post at the recently established Independent Television News. By that autumn, she had become the sole Assistant to the News Editor, and remained on the newsdesk for a further five stimulating years.
After marrying and leaving full-time work, she enrolled with the Open University gaining a first-class honours degree, majoring in literature. In the course of this, she became increasingly aware of the gulf between an author’s academic and popular acclaim. She was awarded a Ph.D. on this topic from the English Faculty of the University of Cambridge. This was later published as Rosamond Lehmann and Her Critics: The Vagaries of Literary Reception.