Elisabeth Beresford, the writer best known for creating The Wombles, has died.
The 84-year-old invented the characters of the Wombles of Wimbledon Common, who became household names in the 1970s.
She died at 10.30pm on Friday in the Mignot Memorial Hospital on Alderney in the Channel Islands after suffering heart failure, her son Marcus Robertson said.
Her father was the writer JD Beresford, a successful novelist who also worked as a book reviewer for many newspapers.
Her parents’ friends included HG Wells, George Bernard Shaw, John Galsworthy and Somerset Maugham.
After 18 months as a Wren, she started work as a ghost writer, specialising in writing speeches, including for Conservative MPs, and met Sir Winston Churchill.
She began training as a journalist and wrote radio, film and television columns and worked for the BBC as a radio reporter.
Visiting Australia, South Africa and the West Indies with her sports commentator husband Max Robertson led to children’s books and two TV series – Seven Days To Sydney and Come To The Caribbean.