Ruth Rendell Dies in Her London Home
One of the best-selling crime authors, 85-year-old Ruth Rendell has died in her London home, announced her publisher Penguin Random House. They added they were devastated “by the loss of one of the best-loved authors.” The statement added she would be missed tremendously, and that she was friends with many people in the publishing company.
"Ruth was much admired by the whole publishing industry for her brilliant body of work. An insightful and elegant observer of society, many of her award-winning thrillers and psychological murder mysteries highlighted the causes she cared so deeply about," said the chair of Penguin Random House UK Baroness Gail Rebuck.
Rendell was also known as a sharp critic of female genital mutilation (FGM) and was made a life peer in 1997 in the House of Lords. Rebuck said that Rendell was a genius writer and a fierce campaigner for social justice. She was also a mother and a grandmother. She was known for dozens of novels, and the Chief Inspector Wexford series was adapted for television. She recently finished a new book which is scheduled to be published in fall. The author had a serious stroke back in January.
Rendell started her career as a journalist but had to quit the job because she failed to report on a death of the after-dinner speaker at the event she did not attend.
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