Jill Murphy, the beloved children’s author and illustrator known for “The Worst Witch,” has died of cancer at the age of 72. The author’s latest book, Just One Of Those Days, was published last September. Her son Charlie Murphy said in his statement: “I’m so lucky to have a mother like me. Words can’t describe how I feel without her.”
From wannabe writer to worst witchweaver
Murphy was born in London in 1951 and developed an artistic talent at an early age. She was illustrating her books at the age of 15, and she soon began weaving her own stories. When she was just 18 years old, she wrote her first book, The Worst Witch, which tells the story of her adorable, clumsy but courageous Mildred, her Hubble, and her adventures at Miss Cackle’s Witch School around the world.
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Who is Jill Murphy?
A popular British children’s book author and illustrator, best known for his picture books such as The Worst Witch series, Peace at Last, Whatever Next!, and The Large Family. Her stories were known for their warmth, humor, likeable characters, and her quirky illustrations. Unfortunately, she passed away in August 2023.
A Legacy of Inspiration
Jill Murphy’s influence extends far beyond the pages of her books. She inspired countless aspiring artists and writers, proving that magic lies not only in spells and potions, but also in everyday moments, the strangeness of human nature. And the power of stories. Her legacy lives on in the hearts of readers, in the laughter of children who learn of Mildred’s misfortune. And in the quiet moments of reflection that her tender stories inspire.
So the next time you see a falling star or a lost child in a book with a twisted witch on the cover, remember gentle storyteller Jill Murphy. He reminded us that even the worst witch casting spells can be pure magic.