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 MARGARET HOOKS, 1945-2021 

Book Circle member Margaret Hooks – writer, journalist, feminist and human rights activist – died of cancer at her home in Javea on 19 July. She was 76. 

“A huge light in my firmament has just gone out, but the memory of her remarkable spirit and passion for life and her enduring love for family and friends lives on, alongside the many books and other writing that are her life's work and legacy”, said her husband of 36 years, Mike Tangeman, who is also a Book Circle member. 

Margaret’s intelligence and intellect shone through in her eight books and numerous magazine articles, mostly about art and artists, including Tina Modotti, Frida Kahlo, Leonora Carrington and Max Ernst. Surrealism, photography and the creative collaboration of writers and artists were among her special areas of interest. Her books have won several awards and have been widely translated. Born in Belfast, she lived in London, New York, Miami, Mexico City and Barcelona. She and Mike moved to Javea in 2015 and quickly became part of the area’s cultural and intellectual life. Her friends remember her for her warmth and sharp wit, her “ability to cut to the chase” and “to never mince words”. Margaret, they say, was kind, shrewd, feisty, engaging and luminous, a “formidable force”. 

Those wishing to honour Margaret’s memory are invited to donate to Cancer Care Javea, whose brilliant nursing staff helped ease her passing: