The book world is in mourning following the unexpected death of award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick aged 54.

The unexpected death of popular children’s author Marcus Sedgwick was announced by the RCW agency on Thursday, November 17.

A statement read: “It is with deep regret that RCW announces the unexpected death of author Marcus Sedgwick.

“Marcus Sedgwick was a prizewinning and beloved author of over 40 extraordinary books for adults and young adults, of novels for younger people, of non-fiction and academic essays.”

It added: “His books were shortlisted for over thirty awards, including the Carnegie Medal (five times), the Edgar Allan Poe Award (twice) and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (four times).

“He is also the most noted author in the history of the Printz Award, with one win and two honour books.

“He won the Branford Boase award for his debut novel, Floodland, and the Booktrust Teenage Prize for My Swordhand is Singing.”

Marcus was born and raised in a small village in East Kent in the southeast of England and lived most recently in the south of France.

“His family and close friends request privacy at this very sad and difficult time.”

The unexpected death of Kent-born Sedgwick “is an immense loss” noted Claire Wilson at RCW.

She wrote on Twitter: “Marcus was at the start of everything for me – his work reminded me of what children’s books can do and why they matter.

“I will always be grateful for the honour of getting to represent him, and finding such a kind, wise and funny person behind the writing.

“It is an immense loss.”

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