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Robert Holdstock dies aged 61

2nd December 2009

Fantasy author Robert Holdstock, whose works include Mythago Wood, has died at the age of 61.

A statement on Holdstock's website revealed that the writer passed away on Sunday (November 29th). He had been placed in intensive care on November 18th after suffering from an E. coli infection.

Writing Holdstock's obituary for the Guardian, David Barnett claimed that his works showed that fantasy novels do not always have to follow the conventions of the genre.

'Mythago Wood was one of those books that has stayed with me, emotionally and physically,' he explained. 'It opened my eyes to the fact that fantasy didn't need swords or sorcery and could in fact be good literature.'

Barnett also praised the author's ability to make the genre accessible to all readers by combining the ancient and the modern and said that Holdstock's death meant British fantasy literature had lost a 'guiding light'.

Holdstock was honoured for his writing on numerous occasions, picking up four British Science Fiction Awards, two World Fantasy Awards and a Czech Academy Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Award.

His other works include The Broken Kings, The Iron Grail, Merlin's Wood and The Hollowing.

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