Seven sisters author Lucinda Riley (55) passed away

She became world famous thanks to her series The Seven Sisters, which was immensely popular, especially with a female audience. She had had cancer for a few years, but kept it hidden from the outside world.

Irish-born Riley wrote her first book at the age of 24. Her work is now published in 34 countries, in total more than 25 million copies of her books have been sold. Riley was particularly popular in the Netherlands, as can be seen from the 3 million copies sold here and the lending records in libraries.

Reviewers were less enthusiastic about her work. They even looked down on it because it wouldn’t be literary. Riley hated that, but didn’t want to be discouraged by it. “I try to shut myself off from it,” she said last month in The watchword. “I read no comments, no reviews, nothing. I am convinced that I am also missing a lot of good things because of that, but I really don’t want to be put off by it.”

In her series The Seven Sisters Riley tells of a group of sisters who, after the sudden death of their father, come together in the family home, a beautiful country house on Lake Geneva. After his death, they all received a mysterious letter about their origin.

the seventh part, The seventh sister, appeared earlier this year and was in the top spot of the Bestseller 60 for weeks in a row. The eighth and final part was supposed to be released in 2022. Riley had already started it, but she couldn’t get past page 60. It is still unclear if anyone else can complete her swan song.

In the Netherlands, Riley’s books were published by Xander Publishers. Director Sander Knol was a personal friend of the author. Her success, he said, was due to “her tremendous imagination and keen insight into the human soul.” He commemorates her as “an extraordinary woman of impressive vitality and an unwavering dedication to writing and her books.”

CPNB: Book world loses major reading promoter with Riley

With the death of Lucinda Riley, the book world loses a major and important “reading promoter”. This is stated by director Eveline Aendekerk of the CPNB book umbrella in a response. “We are very affected by her unexpected death,” said Aendekerk. “For years, Lucinda Riley dominated weekly and annual bestseller lists with her Seven Sisters series, setting unique records. She is perhaps the biggest reading promoter of the moment.”

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