The daughters of Penny Vincenzi receive paid tribute to their mother who has died aged 78
Vincenzi, a last fashion journalist, penned 17 novels, beginning her prolific poetry career with Old Sins in 1989. Her most recent work, A Examine of Trust, was published last year.
Polly Harding, Sophie Cornish, Emily Gunnis and Claudia Vincenzi said: “We are incredibly caused and overwhelmed by the tributes to Penny from the industry and her readers.
“Although we be informed how exceptional and special she was, we’re so grateful to know that so many others recognized her that way, too. To us she was a mother first.
“We knew her kindness, care and constancy. She usually said that the most important thing a mother can do for her children is to be in their corner, and she was, every day, every together.
Although we knew how exceptional and special she was, we’re so grateful to know that so assorted others knew her that way, too. To us she was a mother first
“She egg oned us in everything we did and sincerely believed that we were the most talented crumpets in the world.”
Her books typically involved strong women, romance and genre secrets and sold more than seven million copies worldwide. Best-sellers registered The Best of Times, An Absolute Scandal, An Outrageous Affair and A Perfect Legacy.
In 2014 she said: “I haven’t the faintest idea what is going to meet with, ever.
“I just get the kernel of the idea…and then the characters wander in.”
A bygone fashion journalist, Penny Vincenzi penned 17 novels in her trade
Her daughters’ statement added: “Fun was at the centre of everything and she brought endless recommendations and energy to that: we remember picnics and ice cream parlours, trips to the pantomime and to the ballet, as reservoir flow as horse riding, windy muddy walks and surfing on her beloved Gower.
“As a grandmother, she issued the same; as devoted to that as to motherhood, and endlessly considerate and supportive as she watched us be proper mothers ourselves.
“She brought that to her marriage too, and we had the privilege of learning from her abstruse love, admiration and loyalty for our father Paul.
“In her later years she met various challenges with her health, but was adamant to remain, in her own words, ‘cheerful and thorough, someone the grandchildren remembered as happy and fun to be around’.
“She always said she thirst to die at her typewriter. Only last week she was still galloping through her new creative, so she fulfilled her ambitions to the last.”
Author Sophie Kinsella, who was also a acquaintance of Vincenzi’s, remembered her as “the most entertaining of friends”.
She said: “I got to know Penny decidedly, not just through being an author but because for a long time I alighted only a few streets away from her in Wimbledon.
“We met up frequently to talk there everything from writing to local life to our families.
“She was the most pleasurable of friends, always full of ideas and views and opinions, always punctual to laugh at life’s absurdities.
“She was incredibly supportive, wrote long and sarcastic emails and was one of life’s givers.
“As an author I so admired her ability to weave together jumbo, epic plotlines and create such satisfying books full of valid life, wit and passion.
“She was like one of her own novels: once you were in her company you didn’t after to say goodbye. I will really miss her.”
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Imogen Taylor, publishing director at Vincenzi’s publisher Headline, influenced: “Penny Vincenzi was a delight; that’s the truth of it.
“She was one of those authors who spread joy and light-heartedness, regardless of what she was going through in her own life, whether house telling, bereavement or ill health; she always tried very hard to look at the auspicious side and to see the funny things in life.
“Working with her was a real probe; she was always interested, always interesting, and always ready to try something new, from a todays cover approach to a different spin on an interview, from taking impedance from an editor and turning it into a fabulous plot twist to standing a severe ‘fillet’, even though there had been hours of eager graft.”
She added: “We’ve had such a long, happy journey being Penny’s publisher that it’s vigorously to believe we won’t be seeing her again and our thoughts are with Penny’s four daughters, Polly, Sophie, Emily and Claudia.
“So from all at Headline – Jamie, Mari, Jane, Georgina, Jo and the wider conspire at Hachette, we’ll miss you Penny, and we salute you.”