Lucinda Riley

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Lucinda Riley
BornLucinda Kate Edmonds
(1965-02-16)16 February 1965
Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Died11 June 2021(2021-06-11) (aged 56)
NationalityNorthern Ireland
Alma materItalia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts
Notable worksThe Seven Sisters series
SpouseOwen Whittaker (1988-1998)
Stephen Riley (2000-2021)
ChildrenTwo by first marriage;
Two by second marriage;
Three stepchildren

Lucinda Kate Riley (née Edmonds; 16 February 1965 – 11 June 2021)[1][2] was a Northern Irish author of popular historical fiction, originally an actress.


Lucinda Edmonds was born in Lisburn[1] and spent the first few years of her life in the village of Drumbeg near Belfast before moving to England.[3] At age 14, she enrolled in the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London to study theatre and ballet. At 16, she got her first major television role in the BBC adaptation of The Story of the Treasure Seekers, followed shortly afterwards by a guest role in Auf Wiedersehen Pet. She remained a working actress for the next seven years, also marrying actor Owen Whittaker.

Her acting career was interrupted by a long bout of mononucleosis. This caused her to turn to writing, and her first novel Lovers and Players was published in 1992.[3] In 2016, producer Raffaella De Laurentiis purchased the television rights to her novel series The Seven Sisters.[1][4]

In 2019, Riley revealed to Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang that she had oesophageal cancer.[5] She continued to work, producing five novels during the four years of her illness, but was unable to complete the planned final novel in her Seven Sisters series. She died on 11 June 2021.[6][2]



As Lucinda Edmonds
  • Lovers and Players (1992)
  • Hidden Beauty (1993)
  • Enchanted (1994)
  • Not Quite an Angel (1995)
  • Aria (1996)
  • Losing You (1997)
  • Playing With Fire (1998)
  • Seeing Double (2000)
As Lucinda Riley
  • The Orchid House (also known as Hothouse Flower) (2010)
  • The Girl on the Cliff (2011)
  • The Light Behind the Window (also known as The Lavender Garden) (2012)
  • The Midnight Rose (2013)
  • The Angel Tree (2014)
  • The Italian Girl (a rewrite of Aria) (2014)
  • The Olive Tree (also published as Helena's Secret) (2016)
  • The Love Letter (a rewrite of Seeing Double) (2018)
  • The Butterfly Room (2019)

The Seven Sisters series[edit]

  • The Seven Sisters (2014)
  • The Storm Sister (2015)
  • The Shadow Sister (2016)
  • The Pearl Sister (2017)
  • The Moon Sister (2018)
  • The Sun Sister (2019)
  • The Missing Sister (2021)


  1. ^ a b c Stephanie Bell, How Ulster-born author Lucinda Riley, who vowed to shun Hollywood, became the toast of LA after signing huge deal to film her novels for TV, Belfast Telegraph, 14 July 2016
  2. ^ a b Hayward, Anthony (23 June 2021). "Lucinda Riley obituary". The Guardian.
  3. ^ a b About Lucinda,
  4. ^ Pam Norfolk, Popular Author Signs Hollywood Deal, Lancashire Evening Post, 29 June 2016
  5. ^ Catherine Gonsholt Ighanian, Seven Sisters author has cancer - "Death does not scare me", (Norwegian), Verdens Gang, 26 May 2019
  6. ^ Ciara McDonnell (11 June 2021). "Lucinda Riley, author of the Seven Sisters series and ex West Cork resident, dies". Irish Examiner.

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