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Novelist and children's author Jill Paton Walsh has died at the age of 83.

21 October 2020 Share


The London-born writer won numerous awards for her children's books, including The Whitbread Prize in 1974 for The Emperor's Winding Sheet.

She self-published her third novel, Knowledge of Angels, after failing to find a UK publisher - it went on to be shortlisted for the 1994 Booker Prize.

Paton Walsh received a CBE for services to literature in 1996.
A graduate of St Anne's College, Oxford, Jill became a teacher and started writing children's fiction, including some of her best known works, Fireweed, Unleaving, A Parcel of Patterns and Gaffer Samson's Luck, all published in the 70s and 80s.
More details on the BBC website