Revered British film critic BARRY NORMAN is mourning the loss of his novelist wife following her death on Thursday (27Jan11).
Diana Norman, who also wrote books under the pseudonym Ariana Franklin, passed away after a serious illness. She was 77.
She met TV personality Norman while the pair was working as reporters on London's Fleet Street and they wed in 1957.
The writer was known for her crime thrillers, including Mistress of the Art of Death, Pirate Green, The Morning Gift and King of the Last Days.
She is survived by her husband, their daughters Samantha and Emma, and three grandchildren.