Award-winning author Dame Antonia Byatt dies aged 87
- Described as ‘one of the most significant writers and critics of our time’
- Publisher says she died ‘peacefully at home surrounded by close family’
Dame Antonia Byatt, author of Possession, has died at the age of 87, her publisher has said.
The renowned novelist, critic and poet was described as ‘one of the most significant writers and critics of our time’ by Penguin Random House.
In a statement, the publisher said they were ‘deeply saddened’ to announce the death of dame Byatt – whose full name was Antonia Susan Byatt.
Penguin said: ‘She died peacefully at home surrounded by close family. A girl from Sheffield with a strong European sensibility, Antonia had a remarkable mind which produced a unique creative vision.’
The writer won the Booker Prize for Fiction for her 1990 best-selling novel Possession.
The novel was adapted as a film by the same name in 2002, and a serialised radio play that ran from 2011 to 2012 on BBC Radio 4.
Dame Antonia was shortlisted for the Booker Prize again in 2009 for the Children’s Book.
The author was appointed CBE 1990 and was made a dame nine years later.
In 2018 she received the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award.
Her most recent publication was a collection of short stories – 2021’s Medusa’s Ankles: Selected Stories (2021).
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