With heavy hearts, we announce the passing

AS Byatt, an author and critic who won the Booker Prize, has died. He was 87 years old.

Her publisher told everyone on Friday, November 17, that she had died peacefully at home with her family by her side.

The author, whose real name was Dame Antonia Byatt, won the prestigious Booker Prize in 1990 for Possession, a book about two academics who fall in love while studying the relationship between made-up Victorian poets.

A romance mystery called Possession was made into a movie in 2002. It starred Gwyneth Paltrow, Aaron Eckhart, Toby Stephens, and Tom Hollander.

The fantasy drama Three Thousand Years of Longing, starring Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton, was based on her 1995 short story “The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye.” The movie has a conversation between a genie and an academic in an Istanbul hotel room.

This is what her publisher at Chatto & Windus, a Penguin Random House imprint, said about her books: “Antonia’s books are the most wonderful jewel boxes of stories and ideas.”

“She had to write all the time (an A4 blue notebook was always nearby) and was amazingly good at weaving complex stories together.” When I saw her, it was always a treat to hear about how her characters were changing and to enjoy juicy literary rumors.

“Like all of Chatto’s publishers before me, I loved her and her writing.”

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