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Margaret Forster, Carlisle-born author dies aged 77

Margaret Forster Credit: ITV Border

Margaret Forster, an award-winning author from Carlisle, has died at a North London hospice.

Her more famous novels include Her novels included Georgy Girl (1965), Lady's Maid (1990), Diary of an Ordinary Woman (2003), Have the Men Had Enough? (1989) and The Memory Box (1999).

She leaves behind her husband Hunter Davies, best known for his authorised biography of the Beatles.

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