Rosamunde Pilcher has died aged 94

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Rosamunde Pilcher has died aged 94

Feb 07 2019

In 1988 the 14th novel by a little-known 63-year-old British author was published in New York. The Shell Seekers, the 500-page story of a woman, Penelope Keeling, looking back on her life and loves during the second world war, took the US by storm.

The New York Times reviewer wrote: “Rosamunde Pilcher, where have you been all my life?” It sat in the bestseller list for 49 weeks in hardback and then tipped Tom Wolfe off the No 1 spot in paperback. The Shell Seekers was translated into more than 40 languages, selling around 10m copies.

Pilcher, who has died aged 94, wrote completely absorbing page-turners, taking what was called “romantic fiction” to an altogether higher, wittier level...

Source: The Guardian

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