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Margaret Forster

It is with sadness that we write of the passing of Margaret Forster, who died yesterday, aged 77.

Margaret wrote THE UNKNOWN BRIDESMAID, GREGORY GIRL, DIARY OF AN ORDINARY WOMAN and many other successful and acclaimed novels. Across her career she published more than 25 novels as well as many highly commended biographies.

She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1975. In 1988 she won the Heinemann Award for her biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and her biography of Daphne du Maurier won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Non-Fiction and the Fawcett Society Book Prize in 1993 and 1994 respectively. In an illustrious career, she also won the Lex Prize of The Global Business Book Award in 1997 for Rich Desserts And Captains Thin, and the J. R. Ackerley Prize for Autobiography two years later for PRECIOUS LIVES.