Linda Gillard wins RNA poll

<p>Linda Gillard&#39;s Star Gazing (Piatkus) has been voted the most romantic novel of the last 50 years in a poll by the Romantic Novelists Association. The author beat the two other shortlisted novels, Barbara Taylor Bradford&#39;s<em> A Woman of Substance</em> (HarperCollins) and Trisha Ashley&#39;s Every Woman for<br />Herself (Avon), in a poll organised by <em>Woman&#39;s Weekly</em>.</p><p>The awards were presented at a champagne breakfast this morning (16th September) at London&#39;s New Cavendish Club by author and chair of the RNA Katie Fforde.</p><p>Gillard said: &quot;I am particularly thrilled to finally win a prize, especially one associated with the RNA as I first joined the association as a member of the New Writers Scheme. Having come up through the ranks of the RNA, this is the icing on the cake.&quot;</p>