Doomed Durban-born author was off to sign major UK book deal

2010-05-14 00:00

CELEBRATED Durban-born author Brigid (Bree) O’Mara was one of the 103 passengers killed in the plane crash in Tripoli, Libya, on Wednesday.

O’Mara “was on her way to London to sign a major UK publishing deal for her forthcoming humorous novel, Nigel Watson, Super­hero”, said her publisher, Kerrin Cocks of 30° South Publishers.

The author was supposed to meet the publishers at the London Book Fair last month, but the meeting was postponed when a cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland shut airports across Europe and the British Isles.

O’Mara (41) was the author of Home Affairs, which won the inaugural Citizen Book Prize in 2007.

She lived in Kos­mos near Pretoria.

Cocks describes her as “a larger-than-life personality, full of love and light”.

On her website, O’Mara wrote: “Brussels sprouts are by far my favourite vegetable after chocolate (say what you like, cocoa is a bean).”

She previously lived in Berea, Durban, and attended Maris Stella school.

Media reports said O’Mara’s husband, Chris, found out about the plane crash in which his wife died while surfing the Internet.

 

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