One of the greatest novelists of our times, Sidney Sheldon passed away today at the age of 89. He was an award winning Broadway playwriter, A tv & movie screenwriter & a novelist with the prestige of being the most translated author in the world. He only started writing his engrossing best-sellers at the age of 50. One of my first read proper novels was Master Of The Game. I became a fan and have read 16 of his books – my favourites being the aformentiones one and Windmills of the Gods. His famous tv works included The Patty Duke Show, Hart To Hart & I Dream Of Jeanie. His success on Broadway brought him back to Hollywood where his first assignment was The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer which earned him the Academy Award for best original screenplay of 1947. He was born in Chicago to Jewish parents (his mother was Russian as well) and he served in World War 2 as a pilot.