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Sad loss: Passionate and 'extraordinary' local author dies

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: October 28, 2009

Louise, pictured in January this year, with pupils from St Mary's Primary School, Truro, who were taking part in a writing workshop as part of the school's Book Week celebrations.

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A MUCH-loved St Agnes-based author, who was passionate about the village and described by friends as an "extraordinary person", has died at the age of 57.

Louise Cooper, who was one of the South West's best loved and most prolific authors, and felt Cornwall was "truly home" and had a "magical quality all of its own", suffered a brain haemorrhage and died last week.

Two of her greatest dreams were "to be a teller of stories and to live in Cornwall", both of which she achieved, writing more than 80 novels, including her critically acclaimed children's series Seahorses and The Mermaid's Curse.

She leaves behind her artist husband, Cas Sandall.

He said: "What an amazing woman and what an amazing loss."

It was a view felt by all who knew her. Louise often collaborated with less experienced writers on endeavours from plays to films, was a guest lecturer at Falmouth College of Arts and worked in Europe with the British Council English Language Programme.

She found time to work with children at St Agnes Primary School, and was a great supporter of the RNLI, acting as treasurer for St Agnes Lifeboat, as well as being an accomplished singer with the shanty group, The Falmouth Shout.

Dr Phil Slater from the group, said: "She was lively, vivacious, witty humorous, very creative, imaginative and so musical."

Although many people in St Agnes knew she was a writer, she was very modest about her achievements. Her first novel, The Book of Paradox was published when she was just 20 years old. She described herself as a "a typical muddle-brained Gemini" and wrote fantasy fiction for both adults and children.

Her funeral is being held at 4pm on Monday, November 2, at Penmount Crematorium followed by drinks in the St Agnes Hotel.Any donations will go to the RNLI.

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    Lorna Read, London  |  November 02 2009, 10:06AM

    As a friend of Louise's for 35 years, I can honestly say that I have never known anyone as warm, witty, imaginative and as wildly talented as Louise. We were planning many musical projects together, amongst them a children's musical and a CD of the two of us performing my songs. She was taken away from us at the height of her talents, with so many books still to write. Fans worldwide will mourn her loss and I feel as if I have lost a sister. I hope to go ahead and record a song I wrote for her, Melissa, as a tribute, and to help set up an annual literary award for fantasy writing in her name.

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