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Rosamunde Pilcher


(Jane Fraser)

1924 - 2019

Scotland's best-selling author of the late 20th C. Born Rosamunde Scott in Cornwall, the daughter of a naval officer, Pilcher settled in Longforgan, near Dundee, with her Scottish husband in 1946. Pilcher found success in writing following service in the Women's Royal Naval Service during World War II. She began writing Mills and Boon romances, under the pseudonym Jane Fraser, going on to publish ten novels under that name.

She has published more than twenty novels in her own name, some of the best known are: Sleeping Tiger (1967), The Empty House (1973), Under Gemini (1976), Voices in Summer (1984), The Shell Seekers (1987), adapted for television in 1989, September (1990), Coming Home (1995) and Winter Solstice (2000), set in Sutherland and made into a film in 2003. Her books are particularly popular in Germany and several of her stories were dramatised for German television.

She was awarded an OBE for services to literature in the New Year Honour List of 2002.

She died in Longforgan.


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