The bestselling author of family dramas Josephine Cox has passed away at the age of 82 on Friday. Josephine was the author of more than 60 books. These were written over a career that spanned more than three decades. Cox sold more than 20 million copies of her family sagas, which combined romance and tragedy to dramatic, bestselling effect.
Her publisher HarperCollins said that Josephine Cox died “peacefully” on Friday. HarperCollins executive publisher Kimberley Young said, “Josephine has left a legacy, not only through her stories that touched the hearts of millions but as a woman who led the way for others by forging a path from humble beginnings to the top of the bestseller lists.”
Born in Blackburn, Cox was one of 10 children and often spoke of how she grew up in poverty. Josephine married her husband Ken at the age of 16, and had two sons, going on to study at college when they started school and winning a place at Cambridge University, which she was forced to turn down as she couldn’t live away from home. She went on to become a teacher, writing her first novel, Her Father’s Sins, in just six weeks while she was hospitalized with an illness. Following Queenie, a girl who remains resilient in the face of a tyrannical father, it was published in 1987.