Betty Ballantine

1919 - 2019 (Age 99)


Betty Ballantine and her husband Ian helped invent the modern paperback through their Bantam and Ballantine books. Paperbacks in America were not popular until the Ballantines improved the quality of the product and offered better titles. The pair were instrumental in establishing the market for science fiction and fantasy novels by releasing the paperback version of “The Hobbit” by Tolkien and were the original publishers for Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, along with titles from Arthur C. Clarke and Frederik Pohl.

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Thougths and prayers are with the family and friends during this most difficult time of sorrow.

I am Betty Ballantine's nephew, eulogist, and a family historian seeking contact with Julia Bass. Julia thank you for your lovely remembrances of Betty. Could you pls reach back to me at
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My heart goes out to your family. May God give your family strength and peace during this painful time. (Psalm 29:11)

To the Ballantine family, friends and colleagues: Thank you for sharing your dear loved one with us. Earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal. May your fond memories bring joy of heart.

My sincere condolences for your loss.

I knew Betty all my life, as she was a close friend of my mother (May Honner as she then was) from the start of their studies at Jersey Ladies' College. She was a charming and gracious lady, who always took an interest in our family, and sent me kind Christmas cards up until a couple of years ago. I send my sincere condolences to all her family.
Julia Bass

I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one, who will be remembered for her contribution to the literary arts. I hope you find comfort and help in God during this time of mourning.

Heartfelt condolence goes to Betty Ballantines family. Im very sorry that Betty has passed away. As you reflect upon her life, may you have lots of memories to share with those who mourn with you, and may you find comfort in those memories. May you also rely on the power of prayer, to draw close to God in your time of need. ~ Psalm 145:18