We received some very sad news last week when we found out that author, Roger Sanderson, had died. For many years Roger wrote lovely, heart-warming Medical Romances under the pseudonym, Gill Sanderson.
I met Roger many years ago at the first RNA conference I attended. We had just broken for lunch when this tall, suave-looking gentleman came over to me and said, ‘I have a picture of you on my desk back in my study.’ Immediate stalker alert!
Roger laughed as I backed away and went on to explain that he had read an article about me in the Liverpool Echo. It had mentioned the fact that I had been a pupil at New Heys High School for Girls, which was what had attracted his attention. As a newly-graduated English teacher, Roger had applied for a job at the school and been granted an interview with the headmistress, the formidable Mrs Pennyquick. Nearing the end of the interview, she had pinned him with a look and asked him to tell her what exactly his interest was in teenage girls!
Now, being nervous, and having indulged in possibly a glass too many of the finest bitter the evening before, Roger had failed to come up with a suitable reply – and also failed to get the job. Every time we met after that, we used to laugh at the thought that if he had been hired then he would have been my sixth-form English teacher.
Roger was a lovely person, warm, kind and funny. He went out of his way to make everyone welcome at the various functions we all attended. I am not the only person who is going to miss him.