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Award-Winning UK Author AS Byatt Dies At 87

AS Byatt

London: Acclaimed British author AS Byatt, who won the 1990 Booker Prize for her best-selling romance novel “Positions,” has died at the age of 87, her publisher announced Friday.

AS Byatt, who was also a poet, short-story writer and critic, died “peacefully at home surrounded by close family”, Penguin Random House said.

The publisher hailed him as “one of the most important writers and critics of our time.”

The novelist – who was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2009 for “The Children’s Book” – was made a Dame in 1999.

Other accolades during her career, which included 24 novels and works of criticism, included winning the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction.

Clara Farmer, her publisher at Chatto & Windus, an imprint of Penguin Random House, said her books were “the most amazing jewel box of stories and ideas”.

He added, “His compulsion to write (A4 blue notebook always at hand) and his ability to create complex narrative outlines were remarkable.”

“We mourn his loss but take solace in knowing that his poignant works will dazzle, sparkle and leave an imprint on the minds of readers for generations to come.”

Educated at the University of Cambridge, AS Byatt taught at the Central School of Art and Design, and was lecturer in English at University College, London between 1972 and 1984, before returning to writing full-time.

His books have been translated into dozens of languages.

He was awarded the Erasmus Prize in 2016 and the Pak Kyongni Prize in 2017 for “inspiring contributions to life writing”.

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In 2018 he received the Hans Christian Andersen Literary Award.

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