Lucinda Riley, the Irish-born author of theseries passed away on June 11 following a diagnosis of cancer four years ago. Riley, 56, was born in Drumbeg, Co Down and moved to Britain with her parents and sister at the age of five.
In 2016, Riley had renovated a house in Clonakilty, and had told the Irish Examiner about her plans to spend more time in the area. “I’m on the slow boat to Ireland, and I’m staying here. Last year I thought, ‘Where do I want to rest my bones one day? I want to come home again.’ It will be my primary residence in three years’ time when the kids finish school.”
Originally trained as an actress, she penned her first novel aged 23, and went on to publish more than 20 novels.
Jeremy Trevathan, of Pan Macmillan’s adult publishing division told The Bookseller: “It’s been an immense and very rare privilege to work with Lucinda. Popular fiction is often looked down on but when authors like Lucinda break through and strike an emotional chord with their readers that really is the joy of publishing. Lucinda had an enormous capacity for fun, friendship and love and I was honoured to call her a friend."
Riley’s family said in a statement: “To Lucinda’s friends and readers around the world, we are so sorry to have to tell you that Lucinda died peacefully this morning, surrounded by her family, who were so important to her. We realise that this will be a terrible shock for most people, who won’t have been aware that Lucinda had been battling cancer for four years."
"During those four years, Lucinda penned five novels, and this week,is number one in book charts across the world. Lucinda touched the lives of all those she met, and those who turned the pages of her stories. She radiated love and kindness in everything she did, and will continue to inspire us all forever. Above all, Lucinda loved life, and lived every moment to the full.”