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Joanna Trollope awarded romance lifetime honour

Joanna Trollope
Trollope won the romantic novel of the year award 30 years ago

Best-selling author Joanna Trollope has been given a lifetime achievement award for her services to romance at a ceremony in London.

Irish author Maeve Binchy was also honoured for promoting romantic fiction by the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) at the Pure Passion Awards.

Lucy Dillon's Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts was named romantic novel of the year.

Meanwhile, a public vote named An Education romantic film of the year.

Other winners at the ceremony included Nell Dixon's Animal Instincts, which scooped love story of the year, and Jane Costello's The Nearly-Weds, which lifted the romantic comedy award.

The lifetime achievement honour is the second award the organisation has given Trollope, who won the romantic novel of the year award 30 years ago for her book Parson Harding's Daughter.

"I am amazed and thrilled to be given this, and so touched, too," she said.

"Of course it means a lot in itself, but it means even more to me because I have such admiration and respect for the RNA."

Binchy, who received her award in Ireland, said: "I've always admired the Association because it's managed to make us believe that stories are important and that we can get lost in the lives of other people."

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