Louise Gornall, author of Under Rose-Tainted Skies (Chicken House), has died, it was announced today (5th August).
Gornall was a YA author whose debut novel, published in 2016, followed a teenager coping with agoraphobia and OCD . In recent years, the author had been battling cancer.
Her editor at Chicken House, Rachel Leyshon, described her as “fearless, funny, honest, and oh-so-talented”.
She said: “We were honoured to publish Louise’s extraordinary novel Under Rose-Tainted Skies, and to have played a very small part in her brilliant life. We are all heartbroken by today’s tragic news.”
On Twitter, Kiran Millwood Hargrave wrote: “My heart's breaking. Louise was so kind, beautiful inside and out, brilliant as a friend and storyteller.
"Under Rose-Tainted Skies remains one of the most extraordinary works about mental health struggles I've ever read. My love to her family, to all who knew and loved her.”