British author Rosamunde Pilcher's most successful book was 1987's "The Shell Seekers," though "September," "Coming Home," and "The Day of the Storm" may also be well-known. As of 2013, Pilcher, who retired from writing in 2000, has sold over 60 million novels.
Pilcher's writing career spanned from 1949 to 2000, and she penned 28 romance novels and several short stories. However, she was not considered truly successful until her 13th novel, "The Shell Seekers," was on the New York Times bestseller list for 48 weeks.
Pilcher's novel "September" was released three years after "The Shell Seekers" and debuted at the number one spot on the New York Times bestsellers list. A character from "The Shell Seekers" made a minor appearance in that novel. "September" served as the basis for a television movie in 1996 starring Jacqueline Bisset and Michael York.
"The Day of the Storm" marked the first time Pilcher's work became a television movie in Germany, in 1993. The author went on to enjoy huge popularity in that country. She is considered a household name, with adaptations of her work regularly appearing on television on Sunday nights.
"Coming Home" is another Pilcher novel that may be recognizable to readers. The 1998 British serial adaptation starred such notable British actors as Peter O'Toole, Joanna Lumley, David McCallum, and Keira Knightley.