Fun Facts Friday: Rosamunde Pilcher

September 22, 2023

Rosamunde Pilcher (22 September, 1924 – 6 February, 2019) was an award-winning English novelist. She is known for her novels which take place mostly in Cornwall.

Fun Facts Friday: Rosamunde Pilcher
Books by Rosamunde Pilcher*

Fun Facts about Rosamunde Pilcher:

  1. Born as Rosamunde Scott in the village of Lelant, located between Hayle and St Ives west Cornwall to Helen and Charles Scott. Her father was a civil servant for the British Indian Civil Service, he was stationed in Burma. Her mother chose to stay in England where she was born.
  2. After finish school, she attended Miss Kerr-Sanders’s Secretarial College. During World War II she served with the Women’s Royal Naval Service.
  3. Ms. Scott showed an affinity for writing, starting at the age of seven, and publishing her first short story when she was 19, in the Woman and Home magazine. This was while she was deployed in Ceylon (Sri Lanka).
  4. On December 7, 1846 Rosamunde Scott became Rosamunde Pilcher when she married war hero Graham Hope Pilcher. The couple moved to Dundee, Scotland where they raised their four kids, two daughters and two sons.
  5. The first eight novels Rosamunde Pilcher published were under the nom de plume of Jane Fraser. The novels were structured with “five cliff-hangers for a six-part magazine serial”.
  6. Tom Dunne, an editor for St. martin’s Press in the United States published her books in the US and launched her to fame. While visiting Rosamunde Pilcher in Scotland, he suggested that she should write longer novels which will include her experiences in the war. It took two years, but one of her most famous books, The Shell Seekers, was published to tremendous success and international recognition.
    The book became a best-seller in the United States in 1989.
  7. Rosamunde Pilcher was a cult figure in Germany. The TV network ZDF filmed over 100 over her short stories, most of them on location in Cornwall and Devon. The Rosamunde Pilcher Hour was, at its height, watched by more than 6 million viewers.
  8. Due to the popularity of the German films, many German tourists came to visit the British coast. This led to the author wining a British Tourism Award in 2002.
  9. In the mid-1990s Rosamunde Pilcher was one of the highest earning women in all of United Kingdom.
  10. In 2000 Rosamunde Pilcher retired from writing. Two years later she was appointed on OBE for her services to literature.

Books by Rosamunde Pilcher*

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*Ama­zon links point to an affil­i­ate account, the money is usually spent on books


Rosamunde Pilcher | Wikipedia

Rosamunde Pilcher, author of The Shell Seekers, dies at 94 | BBC

Rosamunde Pilcher obituary | The Guardian

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