Death announced of Shell Seekers author Rosamunde Pilcher

News - Publishing Friday, 08 February 2019

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)

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