Ruth Hamilton, author of The Corner House (Corgi), has died aged 76.
Born in Bolton, the setting for many of her novels, Hamilton was the author of several titles including A Whisper to the Living (Corgi), That Liverpool Girl, Lights of Liverpool, A Liverpool Song and A Mersey Mile, all published by Pan Macmillan, which has published her since 2007.
Wayne Brookes, publishing director for fiction at Pan Macmillan, said: “To call Roofy (as I always knew her) a ‘character’ was a vast understatement. She was more like a force of nature and one incredible storyteller. We laughed, cried and screamed at each other for six years, and today I lost a friend and a sparring partner. It’s true to say that there will be a huge Roofy shaped hole in my life."
He added: “As she very often said at the end of her phone calls, of which there were many: ‘love ya our kid. Ta-ra!’. Well ‘Ta-ra to you Roofy. Love ya more our kid'.”
Hamilton’s agent, Caroline Sheldon, said: “Ruth Hamilton was a wonderful writer. She had a rare power to tell a story and involve the reader in the lives of her characters. I had the pleasure of being her literary agent for 12 years and her death is an enormous loss. The phrase we will not see her like again can be a cliché but, in the writer Ruth Hamilton’s case, it is totally appropriate.”
Hamilton has sold 716,801 books for £3.23m since Nielsen records began in 1998. Her biggest seller was 1999’s The Corner House, which has sold 85,761 copies.