Bestselling author Barbara Noack dies

She has published numerous successful books and made it onto television with her stories. Barbara Noack has now died at the age of 98.

Barbara Noack has been a writer since the 1950s and has published many successful books during her career.

But now sad news is making the rounds: Barbara Noack is dead. She died on Tuesday at the age of 98 in Munich, as her publisher Langen Müller announced on Wednesday to the German Press Agency.

Born in 1924, Noack found his way to writing after the Second World War. She wrote her first story when she was eleven. In the mid-1950s she made her debut with the novel “Valentine isn’t your name!” and was already very successful with her second work, “Die Zürcher Verlobung”. This was filmed in 1957 by Helmut Käutner with Liselotte Pulver, Paul Hubschmid and Bernhard Wicki. Many other bestsellers followed from her pen.

TV viewers should also be familiar with the television series “Der Bastian” from the 1970s. Noack wrote the screenplay. This was not her last script. She was also active as an author on “Das Traumschiff: Caribbean” from 1983.

Barbara Noack dies: “It went uphill from there”

However, it was a long way to her success, as she revealed in 2009: “I actually fought for years with my books against resistance from the publishers and the people responsible.” Her first book kept coming back like a boomerang. “I wasn’t serious enough for everyone, I didn’t dig deep, and my characters didn’t have any tragic fates. And the readers just wanted to suffer and not laugh,” she revealed at the time.

“Heiter is always something frowned upon in Germany,” said Noack, also ironically. That didn’t stop her from having one success after another with cheerful novels, also because she finally found a suitable publisher – “from then on things went uphill,” she judged at the time. “She was an author of exceptional kindness and friendship. Barbara Noack will not be forgotten,” said publisher Michael Fleissner now after her death.

Your personal love story

After two marriages, Noack had been single for 18 years. In 2009 she reported to the German Press Agency about her then new love – an old acquaintance. In 1943, during the war, she met “a paramedic who was as tall as a tree.” 50 years later – he had meanwhile become a professor – he saw her again on television. Later the two lived on Lake Starnberg and in Hamburg.

Noack had a son who provided material for many of her stories as a child. She loved spending her day with her two grandchildren, reading her e-mails from all over the world, going for a walk or swimming. She had no interest in reading light novels herself. Instead, she threw herself on the newspaper, preferably on politics and business.

The many farewells to her friends who had already died got to her at some point. Otherwise, according to her own statement, she had nothing against getting older: “There are people who are born old and some forget to grow up.”

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