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Denise Robertson

Denise Robertson, MBE

9th June 1932 — 31st March 2016
Former President of NAWG

It was with great sadness that I have just heard the news that Denise Robertson has passed away. Denise has been an active president to NAWG since the very first get-together of our founders in 1995. She became ill only a short while ago and entered stoically into treatment to fight it, but lost her battle with pancreatic cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London today. She was 83 years old. Our love and sympathy go out to her husband Bryan and family.

— Pam Fish, 1st April 2016.

Denise Robertson, our late President, was awarded the MBE in 2006.

There is so much to write about our President but I have space constraints so I will give you a brief précis of her life, but must mention her devotion to Sunderland AFC.

She was married to Bryan Thubron, her third husband. They are surrounded by a lovingly combined family.

It is so typical of her that the luxury she asked for on her recent appearance on Desert Island Discs was an endless supply of pen and paper to accompany her book on practical survival. If she was transported to an island I should imagine she would have the transcripts of several self help books when rescued!

In the 1960s Alan Ayckbourne's BBC Radio Programme featured short pieces by Denise and she went on to write radio plays.

She has been a regular presenter on This Morning from 1988 where her empathy and straightforward advice delivered in her gentle voice made her the perfect agony aunt. Her many self help books include, Relax it's only a baby. I think that the very title tells you of her style. Common sense delivered with charming kindliness that was her hallmark.

There are life lessons in her novels. I enjoyed her 1989 book, None to make you cry, and still quote from it. An Unsuspecting Heart is her 2012 novel.

She appeared on Loose Women and she has won Celebrity Mastermind!

She has been an essential support for NAWG. She helped us in so many ways, fighting our corner, giving advice and being there for us. She attended our festival whenever she could and donated the beautiful salver that is the prize for the anthology competition.

Denise Robertson shared our commitment to supporting our members in their literary endeavours.

— Anne Steward, 26th April 2016.

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