Award-winning writer Peter Dickinson has died in Hampshire on his 88th birthday.
The fantasy author and poet was best known for his works Tulku (1979) and City Of Gold (1980), both of which won him the Carnegie Medal for children’s literature.
He was the first person in the history of the prestigious children’s book award to win it twice.
He died in Winchester on December 16 after a brief illness with his family by his side.
Fantasy author and graphic novelist Neil Gaiman said: “The Weathermonger books hit me hard when I was a boy. He was a warm and satisfyingly brilliant writer. Giant Cold was a true dream.
“A real loss to literature. I wish I’d known him and my thoughts and love go to his wife, Robin McKinley.”
Born in Africa but educated in England, Peter Malcolm de Brissac Dickinson started his career at the satirical magazine Punch and went on to write almost 60 books which have been translated into 53 different languages.
The recipient of many awards, he was nominated for the Carnegie Medal nine times including for his last book In The Palace Of The Khans, which was published in 2012.
As well as children’s books, Dickinson was known for his detective stories and was the first author to win the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger award for two consecutive novels, Skin Deep (1968) and A Pride Of Heroes (1969).
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and former chairman of the Society of Authors, Dickinson was awarded an OBE for services to literature in 2009.