Prolific author Sheila Newberry has died at the age of 88 according to her publisher Bonnier Books UK.
Newberry, whose works include Bicycles and Blackberries, and The Nursemaid’s Secret wrote all her life, including short stories for Woman’s Realm. Sheila drew from her own experiences and life as a mother of 9 and grandmother of 22, and wrote some heartwarming and beautiful novels about family, love, and friendships in a bygone era.
Kate Parkin of Bonnier Books UK, said:
“Sheila was one of our favourite authors, and a genuine delight to publish. Every bit as warm in person, over the phone and on email as her lovely books promised, she was a joy to work with and we are very proud to have been her publishers. She will be much missed by us all.”
Sheila’s editor, Claire Johnson-Creek, said:
“It has been a great pleasure and privilege to know and work with Sheila. The fact that she was writing right up until the end and enthusiastically discussing her latest book edits with me the week before Christmas was truly inspiring.
“Sheila was a wonderful storyteller, as well as a warm, funny and interesting person. I’ll miss her brilliant anecdotes and musings on everything from family life, writing, the weather and the fascinating characters she encountered on her travels. She brought so much joy to my me, and to everyone she worked with.”
Her agent, Judith Murdoch said:
“Sheila was one of my first authors and it was lovely to see her late blooming with Zaffre. She will be much missed.”
Newberry’s next book, The Meadow Girls, will be published in May this year and The Mother and Baby Home is scheduled for November.