Susie Steiner: At 51, Susie Steiner dies as the author of Manon Bradshaw detective novels

Susie Steiner, a novelist and ex-journalist, died of a brain tumor at the age 51.

Susie Steiner: At 51, Susie Steiner dies as the author of Manon Bradshaw detective novels

Susie Steiner, a novelist and ex-journalist, died of a brain tumor at the age 51.

Steiner was the author of three DS Bradshaw novels, including 2016's Missing, Presumed, which was shortlisted to win the Theakston crime novel award and selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club.

It has been sold in excess of 250,000 copies in the UK.

Marian Keyes was the one who led the tributes. She wrote: "Her books were absolutely amazing, Manon Bradshaw, a great character, were her books."

Steiner was a journalist for over 20 years. He wrote for The Guardian and Evening Standard, Daily Telegraph, and The Times.

She was diagnosed with a grade 4 brain cancer in May 2019. Her website stated that she had spent the majority of 2019 undergoing six hours of brain surgery, six cycles of chemotherapy, and chemoradiation.

Critics loved her first novel, 2013, Homecoming. Missing, Presumed, a Sunday Times bestseller, was her next novel. It was also chosen for The Guardian's Wall Street Journal as the standout book.

The Theakstons longlisted Persons Unknown as well as 2020's Remain Silent as a sequel to DS Bradshaw.

In 2020, she told the Guardian that Remain Silent was written with a nine-centimetre tumor pushing her brain over its midline. It was something I didn't know about.

After losing her vision to retinitis pigmentosa, she was also blindly registered.

In 2016, she wrote in The Independent: "My sight loss has been accompanied by an increase in my creative output, as a novelist, only in the past five years." Both seem to be intertwined. It's as if I can focus more inwardly the less I see of the outside world.

Sarah Ballard, Steiner's agent, told the Guardian following her death that Steiner had a "glorious talent" as a writer. She added: "Her unique insight made her not only a critically acclaimed writer and bestselling author, but also a generous friend who will be missed greatly by all who knew her."

Suzie Doore, her publisher, stated to the newspaper that Susie was an exceptional person and a great writer. Personally, I feel proud to have had her as a friend. I will always cherish and remember her quick wit, brutal honesty, which she was able pass on to Manon Bradshaw, her series character.

"A train ride to a festival with Susie was sure to bring laughter, oversharing and Percy Pigs. We also had mini bottles of wine. She was unique and full of warmth, as well as being incredibly insightful.

Steiner has left her husband and two children.

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