The world is in a state of shock this morning as news of the passing of Jackie Collins filters through.
Unbeknownst to all but those close to the 77 year-old bestselling author, Collins had been battling breast cancer for the better part of six years, a period that included numerous books, media appearances and tours, including a visit to Booktopia HQ in 2013.
On that visit we fell in love with Jackie, one of the most generous and personable people you could ever wish to meet. When it was time to leave she made a point to say goodbye to every person by name she had met on the whirlwind visit. Trust us, there were a lot of names to remember and she remembered every one.
See below for John Purcell’s interview with Jackie, who is estimated to be the 14th highest selling author of all time. To to give some context to that achievement, Shakespeare is 1st and Tolkien is 40th.
Jackie Collins was a phenomenon who loved books, storytelling and her fans. She will be missed.
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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.
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