AS Byatt, author and critic, dies aged 87

The acclaimed author of novels including Possession and The Children’s Book, has died, her publisher has confirmed.

The writer and critic AS Byatt, who explored family, myth and narrative in a career spanning five decades, has died aged 87. Her publisher Chatto & Windus confirmed that she died peacefully at home surrounded by close family.

Dame Antonia Susan Duffy, who wrote under the name AS Byatt, authored complex and critically acclaimed novels, including the Booker prize-winning Possession and her examination of artistic creation, The Children’s Book. Over her career, she won a swathe of literary awards, from the Booker to a Chevalier of France’s Order of Arts and Letters.

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