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Rosamunde Pilcher (1924–2019)

Author of The Shell Seekers

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About the Author

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 show more 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) show less


Works by Rosamunde Pilcher

The Shell Seekers (1987) — Author — 3,661 copies
Winter Solstice (2000) 2,248 copies
Coming Home (1995) 1,891 copies
September (1989) 1,867 copies
Wild Mountain Thyme (1978) 589 copies
The Carousel (1982) 553 copies
Under Gemini (1976) 548 copies
The Empty House (1973) 540 copies
The End of Summer (1971) 532 copies
Snow in April (1972) — Author — 530 copies
The Day of the Storm (1975) 524 copies
Voices in Summer (1984) 494 copies
Sleeping Tiger (1967) 464 copies
Another View (1968) 450 copies
Love Stories (1983) 62 copies
Young Bar (1952) 4 copies
Sommergeschichten (1999) 4 copies
Herbstgeschichten (1999) 3 copies
Setembro 3 copies
On My Own (1965) 3 copies
A Long Way from Home (1963) 2 copies
The Keeper's House (1963) 2 copies
Jahreszeiten (2003) 2 copies
Coming Home I (1997) 2 copies
Coming Home II (1997) 2 copies
A Day Like Spring (1953) 2 copies
Dear Tom (1954) 2 copies
Bridge of Corvie (1956) 1 copy
A Family Affair (1958) 1 copy
El regreso. Vol. I (2001) 1 copy
Half-Way to the Moon (1949) 1 copy
The Guilty 1 copy
On My Own 1 copy
Dangerous Intruder (1951) 1 copy
The Brown Fields (1951) 1 copy
Sommerwind (2007) 1 copy
The Shell Seekers 1 (1989) 1 copy
Pilcher Family Album (2007) 1 copy
Ex & Liebe (film) (2016) 1 copy
Tvillingerne (1978) 1 copy
Liebe im Spiel (1996) 1 copy
HH7359 Short Stories (2002) 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Scott Pilcher, Rosamunde
Other names
Fraser, Jane (pseudonym)
Date of death
Lelant, Cornwall, England, UK
Place of death
Longforgan, Scotland, UK
Places of residence
Lelant, Cornwall, England, UK
Dundee, Scotland, UK
St. Clare's, Polwithen
Howell's School, Llandaff
Miss Kerr-Sanders' Secretarial College
romance novelist
Pilcher, Robin (son)
Women's Royal Naval Service (WWII)
Awards and honors
Order of the British Empire (Officer, 2002)
Felicity Bryan
Short biography
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).



Penelope, the daughter of a famous artist and war bride, lives in 1980 s England, in a small home. The Shell Seekers is a painting by her famous father and is used in the novel as a McGuffin -the impetus for the family discord. Her children have never appreciated its beauty and sentimental value.
As the news reports that paintings by their grandfather have recently gone up in value, two of the children swarm like vultures. This sends Penelope on a trip...literally... into the past.
I found the characters not only flawed but one dimensional. Penelope plays favorites with her children, preferring distant, independent Olivia, and never can communicate with snobby Nancy or scheming Noel.
The end of life decisions she makes seem rash and sentimental.
In all, a bit overrated.
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Chrissylou62 | 83 other reviews | Apr 11, 2024 |
Ah, another hit. I love her writing. This one may have an expected resolution, but I enjoyed it, all the same. The setting, this time, is a castle in Scotland.
BoundTogetherForGood | 7 other reviews | Feb 22, 2024 |
Excellent author Goodreads ReviewThe Shell Seekers is a novel of connection: of one family, and of the passions and heartbreak that have held them together for three generations. The Shell Seekers is filled with real people--mothers and daughters, husband and lovers--inspired with real values. The Shell Seekers centers on Penelope Keeling--a woman you'll always remember in world you'll never forget. The Shell Seekers is a magical novel, the kind of reading experience that comes along only once in a long while.At the end of a long and useful life, Penelope Keeling's prized possession is The Shell Seekers, painted by her father, and symbolizing her unconventional life, from bohemian childhood to wartime romance. When her grown children learn their grandfather's work is now worth a fortune, each has an idea as to what Penelope should do. But as she recalls the passions, tragedies, and secrets of her life, she knows there is only one answer...and it lies in her heart. (less)… (more)
bentstoker | 83 other reviews | Jan 26, 2024 |
Excellent author Goodreads ReviewHer captivating bestseller of loss and the healing power of love now re-issued with a stunning new jacket look. Elfrida Phipps loves her new life in the pretty Hampshire village. She has a tiny cottage, her faithful dog Horace and the friendship of the neighbouring Blundells - particularly Oscar - to ensure that her days include companionship as well as independence. But an unforeseen tragedy upsets Elfrida's tranquillity: Oscar's wife and daughter are killed in a terrible car crash and he finds himself homeless when his stepchildren claim their dead mother's inheritance.Oscar and Elfrida take refuge in a rambling house in Scotland which becomes a magnet for various waifs and strays who converge upon it, including an unhappy teenage girl. It could be a recipe for disaster. But somehow the Christmas season weaves its magical spell and for Elfrida and Oscar, in the evening of their lives, the winter solstice brings love and solace. (less)… (more)
bentstoker | 65 other reviews | Jan 26, 2024 |



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