'Georgy Girl' Writer Margaret Forster Dies at 77

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Margaret Forster

The author's novel was turned into a hit film in the 1960s.

LONDON (AP) — Margaret Forster, the author of Georgy Girl and more than 20 other novels, has died in London after suffering from cancer in the back and spine. She was 77.

Her husband Hunter Davies said she died Monday at a hospice in London.

He said Forster underwent a double mastectomy 40 years ago and recovered fully until the cancer returned to her back 10 years ago.

Davies said his wife of 55 years had been fitter than him for some 30 years until the cancer came back and made it impossible for her to sit for extended periods because of the pain.

Forster taught at a girls' school in north London before she started to write books. Georgy Girl was made into a hit movie and pop tune in 1966.