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British author Josephine Cox dies age 82

British author Josephine Cox dies age 82

Bestselling author Josephine Cox has died aged 82.

Cox’s career included the publication of more than 60 books, which sold over more than 20 million copies, according to her publisher, HarperCollins.

Cox wrote her first novel quite later in life.

Born in Blackburn to a family with 10 children, she married at the age of 16 and had two sons – Wayne and Spencer. 

After her sons began school, she began to study at college. Although she earned a place at Cambridge University, she had to remain local, and decided to go into teaching and begin writing. 

‘Publishing is built on authors such as Josephine Cox, writers who know instinctively what their readers want and work diligently, and with the utmost dedication, to deliver it,’ said Charlie Redmayne, chief executive of HarperCollins.

‘This is what Josephine Cox did for many decades, becoming one of our most beloved writers,’ he added. 

‘Josephine has left a legacy, not only through her stories that touched the hearts of millions, but as a woman who led the way for others by forging a path from humble beginnings to the top of bestseller lists,’ said Kimberley Young, an executive publisher at HarperCollins Fiction.

‘Josephine was an utter force of nature who inspired all around her … she truly earned her place as the nation’s favourite and that is how we’ll always remember her.’

Cox’s latest titles include A Woman’s Fortune, A Family Secret and A Mother’s Gift.