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Tributes paid to Return to Sender author

15th December 2009

The husband and publisher of a bestselling Cheltenham author who committed suicide have paid tribute to her.

Susan Morgan, who wrote under the pen name Zoe Barnes, was described as 'one of the pioneers' of the chick-lit genre by a spokesman from her publisher Piatkus.

'All her stories were honest and believable, with flawed but honourable heroines any woman would want to call their friend,' the representative told the Gloucestershire Echo.

Simon Morgan, her husband, added that the author, whose novels include Return to Sender, Special Delivery and Wedding Belles, had discussed ideas for new books just before her death.

He told the newspaper: 'She was dedicated to her work and was very good at it.'

A thanksgiving service was held for the writer at Luke's Church in Cheltenham. A verdict of suicide was ruled at the inquest into the 52-year-old's death, after she took an overdose of prescription drugs.

Reviewing this year's Return to Sender, the Bookseller claimed it is proof that Morgan's work continually improves, while the Daily Telegraph said it is 'fascinating'.

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