Thursday, August 25, 2005

William Corlett dies

Novelist William Corlett has died at the age of 66. He is probably best known for his Magician's House novels which were adapted by BBC Television in 1999.

There are obituaries in The Guardian and The Independent.
A leading children's writer, in his novels for older readers William Corlett constantly pushed at the boundaries still existing between teenage and adult fiction. Original but always readable, many of his stories often reached a wider audience after he had adapted them for television. Unafraid to write about male attraction to other males before this became a more acceptable theme in teenage fiction, in his later life he came out as an openly gay writer with a devoted following in America as well as in Britain.

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