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Businessman who turned to writing late in life and scored a huge international hit with his first novel, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
When Paul Torday, who has died aged 67, published his first novel, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, in 2007, its phenomenal success led to a remarkable new career for him, at an age when others might well have been contemplating retirement. Despite his newfound fame and the book's worldwide popularity, however, he continued to work in industry, although for the remaining years of his life he also published, generally to critical acclaim, a sparkling new novel every year.
What Paul never publicly disclosed was that this extraordinary output reflected a personal race against time. Having wanted to write all his life, he was faced with a cancer diagnosis shortly after his first book was swept away on the whirlwind of an international award-winning literary sensation and he recognised the »
- Julia Langdon
Author Paul Torday has died, aged 67.
The British businessman and writer was best known for his novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, which was later turned into a film.
His publisher Weidenfeld and Nicolson confirmed his passing on Wednesday (December 18) in Northumberland.
Salmon Fishing sold over 500,000 copies in the UK, winning the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize in 2007.
Torday's last novel Light Shining in the Forest was published earlier in 2013.
Weidenfeld and Nicolson's Kirsty Dunseath said: "In many ways Paul Torday invented his own genre.
"His extraordinary fiction was filled with warmth and a wry, humane wit. He was a gentle observer of the foibles of human nature and our social behaviour."
Torday's agent Mark Stanton said: "He was a writer of rare talent, and a true gentleman. Paul, I raise a glass of the finest Bordeaux to you. »
You can count on one thing when a period drama is announced. It’ll likely star one of the English K’s. Keira Knightley or Kate Winslet. Having turned her hand to nigh on every on-screen profession, Kate Winslet has signed on to star in and as The Dressmaker.
Based on the novel by Rosalie Ham, the English Rose will take the lead in the 1950s-set period thriller. She will play Tilly, a woman once ostracised by her community. After being accused of murder she returns home to exact her revenge. Here’s the book’s official blurb from publisher Duffy and Snellsgrove:
Dungatar is a small country town, where the townspeople’s eccentricities are many and varied – from Sergeant Farrat’s predilection for cross-dressing, to pharmacist Almanac’s retributive scheme of potion dispensing, not to forget the affairs and assorted dark secrets. But none of these can compare to »
- Gem Seddon
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