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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 April 2007, 15:26 GMT 16:26 UK
Historical novelist dies aged 85
Marian Eames
Marion Eames learnt to speak Welsh after she moved to Dolgellau
A prominent historical novelist, famous for her work on the persecution of Wales' Quakers, has died aged 85.

Marion Eames was born on Merseyside but was brought up at Dolgellau in Gwynedd.

Her two best known novels, The Secret Room and Fair Wilderness, were translated into English.

Professor Gerwyn Williams from the University of Wales, Bangor, said: "She thoroughly researched her novels which often also included an element of heroism and romance."

He added: "She was around 50 when her first novel, the Secret Room, was published. That first novel and then its sequel made an immediate impression.

She was a natural story teller who brought history to life
Professor Gerwyn Williams, Bangor University

"She dealt with the persecution of the Quakers in the Dolgellau area in the second part of the 17th century and their subsequent migration to Pennsylvania."

The Secret Room was adapted almost immediately into a drama series for BBC Wales, while the book became a set novel for many schoolchildren.

"She was a natural story teller who bought history to life," added Mr Williams.

Mrs Eames said her work as a librarian at the university in Aberystwyth inspired her to start writing in Welsh.

She later worked as a BBC producer.

Mrs Eames once said she had always been interested in people - which in turn led to her interest in religion.

"Man's relationship with God, and so with his fellow man, is the only thing that matters in the end," she said.




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