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RiP Cory Taylor

Author Cory Taylor has died, aged 61.

Taylor’s 2011 debut novel Me and Mr Booker won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Pacific region, and her second novel My Beautiful Enemy was shortlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Her most recent book is Dying: A Memoir, in which Taylor meditates on her life and on facing death.

Taylor was also a children’s book author, and wrote the ‘Bandaged Bear’ and the ‘Rat Tales’ series (both Scholastic).

Text publisher Michael Heyward writes:

‘Cory Taylor died yesterday morning from melanoma-related cancer. She was not in pain and her family were with her. She had just turned 61.

‘This is the saddest news even though Cory did so much to help us understand what was happening to her as she was dying. She was a remarkable person, compassionate and wise. She gave so many of us the gift of her kindness.

‘And make no mistake, she is one of the writers who matters, whose work will live.

‘A screenwriter by training and profession, late in her life Cory wrote two audacious and original novels—Me And Mr Booker and My Beautiful Enemy, both of them honoured by the juries of major literary awards. If you don’t know these books you have a treat in store.

‘Just a couple of months ago we published Dying: A Memoir, an extraordinary book that casts a singular and beneficent light on life and death. Cory wrote this book early in 2016 over the course of a few weeks. Her body was weakening but she wrote at the top of her powers. It will be published around the world in the months to come.

All of our thoughts are with Cory’s family, Shin, Nat and Dan.’

 

Category: Obituaries