Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Margaret Forster, award-winning author, dies at 77

The Guardian

Prolific novelist and biographer who wrote more than 40 books after hitting the bigtime with 1960s bestseller Georgy Girl 

Margaret Forster, pictured at home in 2001.
The award-winning writer Margaret Forster, whose novel Georgy Girl inspired one of the hit songs of the late 1960s, has died at the age of 77.
Her husband, the writer and journalist Hunter Davies, said that she died this morning at a hospice near her north London home.

Forster, a former teacher, was one of the UK’s most prolific writers, producing more than 20 works of fiction and a host of award-winning nonfiction titles after the success of her 1965 novel about a young woman adrift in swinging London.

Georgy Girl was made into a film starring Lynn Redgrave in the title role, alongside Charlotte Rampling, Alan Bates and James Mason, and featuring a song which was recorded by the Australian group the Seekers, and became an international chart-topper. It hit number one in Australia, no 3 in the UK, reached second place on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, and was listed at number 36 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Pop Songs of all time”.  More

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