Monday, 8 February 2016

RIP Margaret Forster

News of another sad passing, novelist Margaret Forster - writer of Georgy Girl and Diary of An Ordinary Woman - has died from terminal cancer of the spine at the age of 77.

Forster had previously been diagnosed with cancer four decades ago resulting in a double mastectomy. Born in Carlise, Forster won a scholarship to Oxford and was a teacher at an all girls school when her writing career took off with the publication in 1965 of Georgy Girl, the story of a hapless young woman in swinging sixties London who, much to her surprise, is pursued romantically by an older man - her father's boss - and her pregnant flatmate's lover. 

A huge success, the novel was turned into a film the following year starring Lynn Redgrave, Alan Bates, James Mason and Charlotte Rampling, with a memorable theme tune provided by The Seekers.

Forster wrote many more novels, alongside memoirs, biographies and historical works and her final novel, How To Measure A Cow, is set now for posthumous release next month.


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