Jamie Hodder-Williams pays tribute to giant of romantic fiction who has died at the age of 94
The death has been announced of Rosamunde Pilcher, who has died after suffering a stroke on Sunday night. She was 94.
Jamie Hodder-Williams of her long time publisher Hodder & Stoughton said: "Ros was a one-off - charming, trenchant, witty and powerful. She was enormous fun to spend time with, and Sue Fletcher her editor and Kerry Hood her publicist developed very close and long-standing bonds. Her heart-warming novels about families and the places that mean most to them inspired generations of future writers. She will be sorely missed but I hope millions more readers continue to fall in love with her work."
"Ros was the author of The Shell Seekers, Winter Solstice and several other chart-topping bestsellers, and she sold more than 60 million books across the world. In Germany she was such a star that they arranged Ros Pilcher holiday tours to Cornwall, where much of her work was set."
Published in 1987, The Shell Seekers was a smash hit, selling over 10 million copies and spending almost a year in the New York Times top 50.
Felicity Bryan, her agent since 1973, has written a detailed obit for The Guardian:
Pictured: Rosamunde Pilcher (cr Ken Kochey)