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Her one-shot psychological crime novels, often featuring damaged protaganists and the results of them trying to live in the real world.
The Barbara Vine novels. A series of books written under the name of Barbara Vine. Unusually (unlike for example Stephen King as Richard Bachman), there was no intent to conceal Ruth Rendell's identity as the author (the covers would often carry the credit 'Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine'). The intention was to single that this was a different style of writing for Rendell. The 'Barbara Vine' novels tend to be more gently paced, often taking place over a number of years and generations, and often written in the first person.
Outside her writing, Ruth Rendell sits in the House of Lords as a Labour peer.
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Big Fancy House: Both Devon Villa (though it has seen better days) and Padanaram qualify in Astas Book. The model Padanaram that Rasmus builds as a doll house for Marie also counts. It's so incredibly huge that its owners have difficulty finding places to store it.
Rape as Drama: The backstory of Sarah Hussain, the murder victim, in No Man's Nightingale. According to an old friend, Thora Kilmartin, Sarah was raped, but decided to keep the child. And then subverted. Thora is lying, and Sarah's daughter was conceived under very different circumstances.