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Rosamunde Pilcher was born Rosamunde Scott on September 22, 1924 in Lelant, Cornwall, England. When World War II broke out, she left school and went to work for the Foreign Office. In 1944, she joined the Women's Royal Naval Service and was stationed in Ceylon when the war ended. Her first short story was published while she was serving in Ceylon. She married Graham Pilcher in 1946. Her first novel, Half-Way to the Moon, was published in 1949 under the penname Jane Fraser. She continued writing books under that penname into the early 1960s, but in 1955 she also published her first book under her own name entitled A Secret to Tell. Her best-known novel, The Shell Seekers, was published in 1987. Her other novels included Sleeping Tiger, The End of the Summer, Wild Mountain Thyme, Voices in Summer, September, Coming Home, and Winter Solstice. She also wrote short stories. She died after a short illness on February 6, 2019 at the age of 94. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Shell Seekers (Author) 3,336 copies, 72 reviews
Winter Solstice 1,972 copies, 53 reviews
Coming Home 1,728 copies, 32 reviews
September 1,720 copies, 27 reviews
Wild Mountain Thyme 524 copies, 6 reviews
The Carousel 494 copies, 12 reviews
Under Gemini 486 copies, 8 reviews
The End of Summer 482 copies, 7 reviews
The Empty House 474 copies, 8 reviews
Snow in April 473 copies, 13 reviews
The Day of the Storm 468 copies, 13 reviews
Voices in Summer 435 copies, 7 reviews
Sleeping Tiger 406 copies, 10 reviews
Another View 394 copies, 9 reviews
The World of Rosamunde Pilcher 102 copies, 2 reviews
Love Stories 55 copies
Young Bar 3 copies
A Long Way from Home 2 copies, 1 review
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Dear Tom 2 copies
Coming Home I 2 copies
On My Own 2 copies
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Rosamunde Scott was born on 22 September 1924 in Lelant, Cornwall, England, UK, daughter of Helen and Charles Scott, a British commander. Just before her birth her father was posted in Burma, her mother remained in England. She attended St. Clare's Polwithen and Howell's School Llandaff before going on to Miss Kerr-Sanders' Secretarial College. She began writing when she was seven, and published her first short story when she was 18. From 1943 through 1946, Pilcher served with the Women's Naval Service. On 7 December 1946, she married Graham Hope Pilcher, a war hero and jute industry executive who died in March 2009. They moved to Dundee, Scotland, where she still lives today with a dog in Perthshire. They had two daughters and two sons, and fourteen grandchildren. Her son, Robin Pilcher, is also a novelist.

In 1949, her first book, a romance novel, was published by Mills & Boon, under the pseudonym Jane Fraser. She published a further ten novels under that name. In 1955, she also began writing under her married name Rosamunde Pilcher, by 1965 she her own name to all of her novels. In 1996, her novel Coming Home won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by Romantic Novelists' Association. She retired from writing in 2000. Two years later, she was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
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