LONDON (AP) _ Maggie Hemingway, a British novelist whose first book won a prize from the Royal Society of Literature, has died at age 47.

Hemingway, a distant relative of American author Ernest Hemingway, died May 9 of aplastic anemia, a disorder caused when bone marrow fails to produce essential components of blood, British newspapers reported.

Hemingway won the Royal Society of Literature's Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize for her first novel, ''The Bridge,'' in 1986. The prize is awarded for the best regional novel of the year.

The novel was a fictional account of a love affair between the Victorian painter Philip Wilson Steer and a married woman. It was made into a movie in 1992.

Born in Orford, England, Hemingway spent her early years in New Zealand, returning to England with her family at age 9. She graduated from Edinburgh University and worked in publishing until her first novel was published.

Her other novels include ''Stop House Blues'' and ''The Postmen's House.'' Her final work, ''Eyes,'' is to be published in July.

Hemingway is survived by two daughters and her companion, composer David Matthews, The Times of London reported.