Award-winning Irish novelist Clare Boylan died yesterday evening after a long illness. She was 58. 

The writer and journalist wrote 12 books, including seven novels and three collections of short stories, during her career.

One of her best known books was 2003's 'Emma Browne', based on an unfinished 19-page manuscript by Charlotte Brontë.

Her other novels were 'Holy Pictures' (1983), 'Last Resorts' (1984), 'Black Baby' (1988), 'Home Rule' (1992), 'Beloved Stranger' (1999) and 'Room for a Single Lady' (1997).

Boylan's non-fiction writings include 'The Agony and the Ego' (1994), and 'The Literary Companion to Cats' (1994).

She wrote introductions to the novels of Kate O'Brien and Molly Keane, adapting and serialising Keane's 'Good Behaviour' for BBC's R4 in 2004.

A member of Aosdána, Boylan is survived by her husband, Alan Wilkes, a former deputy editor at the Irish Press.