An English novelist, Jill Paton Walsh died at the age of 83, her agent has confirmed.
Paton won numerous awards for her children’s books including The Whitbread Prize in 1974 for The Emperor’s Winding Sheet.
She self-published her third novel, Knowledge of Angels and it went on to be shortlisted for the 1994 Booker Prize.
Paton Walsh received a CBE for services to literature in 1996.
She was born Gillian Bliss in 1937 and was educated in London, before graduating from St Anne’s College, Oxford.
She went on to teach English at a grammar school in Enfield, north London, for three years between 1959 and 1962.
In 1961 she married Anthony Paton Walsh and they had three children. However, the couple split later.
Paton Walsh embarked on her career writing children’s fiction, including some of her best known works, Fireweed, Unleaving, A Parcel of Patterns and Gaffer Samson’s Luck.
Her later adult novels included Lapsing (1986), The Serpentine Cave (1997) and A Desert in Bohemia (2000).
Paton Walsh, also known for continuing the work of Dorothy L Sayers with her Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane stories.