past simple or past perfect in a sentence like this?

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I have just come across this sentence and cannot decide how to translate it to English.

"The book was published rwo months after my grandfather died/had died, so he never saw it printed."

So, my question is this.....he died before the book was maybe it is better to say this sentence using Past Perfect (had died), right?

By the way, I want it to sound proper British that makes me consider using Past Perfect...

What do you guys think?


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