‘The Shell Seekers’ author Rosamunde Pilcher dies at 94

Lawrence Kim
February 9, 2019

The Cornish-born author Rosamunde Pilcher was mistress of the British family saga.

The novelist penned almost 30 romance and women's fiction books between 1949 and 2000 when she retired from writing.

He added that she was "a wonderful, rather alternative-thinking mother, I think she might have liked the description Bohemian, who touched and influenced the lives of many of all ages, not only through her writing but through personal friendships".

Her first novel as Rosamunde Pilcher, A Secret to Tell, was published in 1955. In the fashion of the indomitable middle-aged matriarchs at the heart of her books, she marked her success by buying her husband a new lawnmower.

The book won her global recognition, becoming one of her biggest successes and selling more than five million copies worldwide.

In 2003 The Shell Seekers was nominated by the British public as one of the top 100 novels in the BBC's Big Read.

Raised along England's wild southwest coast in the county of Cornwall, Pilcher wrote more than a dozen novels. A 1989 Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie starred Angela Lansbury, and a 2006 miniseries cast Vanessa Redgrave in the central role.

Pilcher was especially popular in Germany, where her books - dubbed "love and landscape" novels - spawned scores of TV films that became staple Sunday-evening viewing.

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