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Posted 12 July 2008 - 11:02 AM

Didn't realise Booker winning Stanley Middleton is still alive. 90 in a few weeks.
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Posted 12 August 2008 - 08:16 AM

Return to India for controversial author Taslima Nasreen. She's hacked off many people, but violent death would still be a long shot....though regarded as an inspired pick if it scored points for anyone.
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Posted 02 September 2008 - 07:01 AM

'The Horse Whisperer' author Nicholas Evans is in hospital after eating poisonous mushrooms.

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 01:51 AM


Writer David Foster Wallace has been found dead in his Southern California home. Looks like he decided to hang himself. <_<


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Posted 14 September 2008 - 08:50 AM

View PostThe Miser, on Sep 14 2008, 02:51 AM, said:


Writer David Foster Wallace has been found dead in his Southern California home. Looks like he decided to hang himself. <_<


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He must have been forced to re-read Infinite Jest.

Actually, it's a decent read if you have a spare few months.

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 11:23 AM

Crumbs.....crime writer James Crumley has carked it. Whodunnit? The Grim Reaper?
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Posted 20 October 2008 - 06:10 PM

The final page has been turned for top literary agent and Julian Barnes's wife, Pat Kavanagh.

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Posted 03 November 2008 - 11:13 PM

View Postmaryportfuncity, on Nov 24 2006, 11:30 AM, said:

Forrest J Ackerman another one still gannin' when some out there thought he was dead, 90 today!

Forrest Ackerman is suffering from heart failure and will be dying very shortly.
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Posted 05 November 2008 - 09:44 AM

One of the most famous contemporary Russian writers, Vasily Aksyonov, 76, remains in critical condition after suffering a stroke in January. No recent link in English but it is reported here that the left hemisphere of his brain is dead, and he will never be able to walk again. Potential candidate for 2009.

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 05:10 PM

View PostPagad Ultimo, on Nov 5 2008, 09:44 AM, said:

One of the most famous contemporary Russian writers, Vasily Aksyonov, 76, remains in critical condition after suffering a stroke in January. No recent link in English but it is reported here that the left hemisphere of his brain is dead, and he will never be able to walk again. Potential candidate for 2009.

Not sure about his UK obit chances, anyone else be able to make an intelligent guess on that?
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Posted 05 November 2008 - 06:07 PM

Jurassic Park series author and film director Michael Crichton has died after a "very private" battle with cancer at the age of 66. Can only find several news sources so as of yet, no assertion of what kind of cancer it was :P
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Posted 05 November 2008 - 06:11 PM

Missed it by two minutes. http://www.deathlist...?showtopic=6662
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Posted 05 November 2008 - 06:12 PM

Yep..... :P
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Posted 06 November 2008 - 01:32 PM

View Postmaryportfuncity, on Nov 5 2008, 06:10 PM, said:

View PostPagad Ultimo, on Nov 5 2008, 09:44 AM, said:

One of the most famous contemporary Russian writers, Vasily Aksyonov, 76, remains in critical condition after suffering a stroke in January. No recent link in English but it is reported here that the left hemisphere of his brain is dead, and he will never be able to walk again. Potential candidate for 2009.

Not sure about his UK obit chances, anyone else be able to make an intelligent guess on that?

Think there is a chance of The Independent obit. Aksyonov in Wikipedia.

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Posted 28 November 2008 - 10:53 AM

The other literary William Gibson has died.

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 02:01 AM

Terry Pratchett to be knighted in New Year's Honours List

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Posted 11 January 2009 - 02:49 PM

It's probably about time I declared a vested interest in this thread seeing as I work for a well known chain of bookshops, so humour me while I ramble on with a few suggestions.

Diana Athill recently turned 91 and has just won the biography category of the Costa Book of the Year Awards for her account of what it's like to be old and approaching death. Not only is she a nonagenarian, but she is also deaf and has problems with mobility although according to this article, she still drives (badly by the sounds of it).

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Rather splendidly, Athill is still driving. She finds it difficult to walk, but when she gets in her car "off you whiz just like everyone else, restored to freedom, restored (almost to youth)." She has had a few scrapes in the past year or so one the result of "being an overtired old person flustered by her own silliness". It is to her credit that she both carries on driving and can admit her own mistakes.

Away from Diana, there seems to be a build up of veteran British authors going on at Penguin Publishing. Sir John Mortimer and Dick Francis have their own threads, but you can also add PD James and Richard Adams to the list. James seems to be in good health at the moment, but the occasional picture of Adams I have seen over the past couple of years shows him looking extremely frail. Of the four, I would say Mortimer is closest to carking it, and next time I see our sales rep from Penguin I'll casually enquire after his health, and perhaps one of the others if it doesn't look too suspicious.

There are also a clutch of bestselling author's in the 75-80 age bracket who should be creeping onto deadpooler's radars over the next few years. Most notable among them I would say, are, Clive Cussler (77), Wilbur Smith (76), Jack Higgins (79), Chinua Achebe (78), Quentin Blake (76), John Julius Norwich (79), and David Eddings (77). Out of those, the one to keep a closest eye on would be Achebe as he has been confined to a wheelchair since 1990 following a car accident. Having said that, there does seem to be a recent trend of at least one high profile Science-Fiction author falling prey to the Grim Reaper per year, with David Gemmell going in 2006, Robert Jordan in 2007, and Arthur C. Clarke going last year, as well as Pratchett going down with Alzheimer's, so, assuming Eddings isn't this year's victim, he could be one to consider in future.

And just to conclude. Prolific author of naval fiction Douglas Reeman is 84, Nobel prize winner Doris Lessing is 89, Nina Bawden turns 84 next week, Rosamunde Pilcher is also 84, K.M. Peyton, who wrote the Flambards series, and who I thought died years ago, is 79, and children's author Eva Ibbotson is 83. Unfortunately I don't have any detailed info on the health of any of them as author's tend to keep themselves very much to themselves as proved by Michael Crichton and George MacDonald Fraser, but hey, I've put their names out there for you to investigate in more detail should you wish.

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 07:59 PM

View PostRaskolnikov, on Jan 11 2009, 02:49 PM, said:

And here endeth my epistle.

and a very interesting epistle it was !
I shall certainly be keeping a close eye on this lot !

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 03:49 PM

http://news.yahoo.co...obit_calisher_1

Hortense Calisher has died at 97.

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Posted 27 January 2009 - 10:16 PM

John Updike has died at 76 of lung cancer.




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