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#201 maryportfuncity

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 08:44 PM

Robert Maycock, big noise (heh heh) in classical music journalism and author of a significant book on Philip Glass in the eighties. Has died in a car crash.
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Posted 31 January 2012 - 08:47 PM

Robert Maycock, big noise (heh heh) in classical music journalism and author of a significant book on Philip Glass in the eighties. Has died in a car crash.


That's a bit of a bugger. It's Philip Glass' 75th today

BBC article says he died on the 25th

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 05:09 AM

Childrens SF author John Christopher has died aged 89. :(

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 09:25 PM

Childrens SF author John Christopher has died aged 89. :(

Big favourite of mine as a kid. Best known for The Tripods series.


Mine too. He wrote a few books for grown ups as well.

John Christopher's excellent post apocalyptic novel "The Death Of Grass", is the book of the week on Radio 4:

http://www.bbc.co.uk...our_drama.shtml

Doom, gloom and Radio 4, I couldn't be happier. :)

A long forgotten film based on the book is availible on You Tube, it also has a smallish early role from Wendy Richard as a manipulative tart......

John Christopher (real name Samuel Youd) is still alive, he'll be 87 this year and if he lives until April, he will become one of a rather select band of authors who have lived to see their work published as a Penguin Classic. John Updike was another. Actually, thinking about it, there might be quite a few others. :huh:

I still think we're all doomed, btw.


Here's a proper UK obit for Christopher/Youd. I wonder if anyone picked him for the DDP?

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 12:01 AM


Childrens SF author John Christopher has died aged 89. :(

Big favourite of mine as a kid. Best known for The Tripods series.


Mine too. He wrote a few books for grown ups as well.

John Christopher's excellent post apocalyptic novel "The Death Of Grass", is the book of the week on Radio 4:

http://www.bbc.co.uk...our_drama.shtml

Doom, gloom and Radio 4, I couldn't be happier. :)

A long forgotten film based on the book is availible on You Tube, it also has a smallish early role from Wendy Richard as a manipulative tart......

John Christopher (real name Samuel Youd) is still alive, he'll be 87 this year and if he lives until April, he will become one of a rather select band of authors who have lived to see their work published as a Penguin Classic. John Updike was another. Actually, thinking about it, there might be quite a few others. :huh:

I still think we're all doomed, btw.


Here's a proper UK obit for Christopher/Youd. I wonder if anyone picked him for the DDP?


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Posted 23 February 2012 - 05:18 PM

In his forthcoming novel 77 year old Alan Garner is returning to the characters who peopled his celebrated Weirdstone/Moon of Gomrath novels, well known and read by children in the sixties and seventies. Bi-polar and old, though whether this current move is a parting shot or simply a continuation of his career isn't clear.

http://en.wikipedia....n_Garner#Novels
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 06:58 PM

Read an interview with Jacqueline Wilson over the weekend in which she pointed out she's been treated for heart failure and kidney problems. She's 66, likely to last a while, but not into mega-old-age in that condition.
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Posted 06 March 2012 - 10:30 PM

Sad to report the death of a good friend of my mum's, the author Louise Cochrane, who packed a hell of a lot into her 93 years, but was probably most well-known for writing the stories for Rag, Tag and Bobtail, a BBC kids programme from before all of us, even Godot, were born. Amongst about a million other things, as the obit makes clear; the sort of person that makes me rather ashamed of my own pitiful efforts at enhancing the experience of my fellow man. Ahem, so far.

And no, I didn't pick her for any deadpools.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 11:12 PM

Sad to report the death of a good friend of my mum's, the author Louise Cochrane, who packed a hell of a lot into her 93 years, but was probably most well-known for writing the stories for Rag, Tag and Bobtail, a BBC kids programme from before all of us, even Godot, were born.


The venerable Dennis Skinner MP evidently remembers the books. He has often described the Lib/Con coalition as a "Rag, Tag and Bobtail Army". (See, here for example, where he uses the term twice in his savage mauling of David Laws)

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 07:30 PM

Sad to report the death of a good friend of my mum's, the author Louise Cochrane, who packed a hell of a lot into her 93 years, but was probably most well-known for writing the stories for Rag, Tag and Bobtail, a BBC kids programme from before all of us, even Godot, were born. Amongst about a million other things, as the obit makes clear; the sort of person that makes me rather ashamed of my own pitiful efforts at enhancing the experience of my fellow man. Ahem, so far.

And no, I didn't pick her for any deadpools.


Harry you can always be relied on to post the important deaths. I never knew there were books DDT. I only ever saw the telly version which could be quite racy for a four-year-old. It taught me all my social skills. I don't think I'd ever heard swearing on TV until Tag turned round to Bobtail one day and told him to fuck right off. And that was many years before Bill Grundy.
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Posted 08 March 2012 - 08:31 PM


Sad to report the death of a good friend of my mum's, the author Louise Cochrane, who packed a hell of a lot into her 93 years, but was probably most well-known for writing the stories for Rag, Tag and Bobtail, a BBC kids programme from before all of us, even Godot, were born. Amongst about a million other things, as the obit makes clear; the sort of person that makes me rather ashamed of my own pitiful efforts at enhancing the experience of my fellow man. Ahem, so far.

And no, I didn't pick her for any deadpools.


Harry you can always be relied on to post the important deaths. I never knew there were books DDT. I only ever saw the telly version which could be quite racy for a four-year-old. It taught me all my social skills. I don't think I'd ever heard swearing on TV until Tag turned round to Bobtail one day and told him to fuck right off. And that was many years before Bill Grundy.


Actually, reading Harry's post again, he is referring to the TV programme. I was muddled as this is the authors thread and I didn't imagine Dennis Skinner would have had a television in his early life. :unsure:

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 07:46 AM

Always sad to report a Harry death. Harry Crews, kind of a poor man's Bukowski, dead at 76. The Gospel Singer was pretty good, as I remember, must give it another read. Maybe I'll give the Kim Gordon/Lydia Lunch band named after him a listen too. On second thoughts...

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 10:36 AM

John Arden

The playwright most famous for "Serjeant Musgrave's Dance" has died aged 81.
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:12 PM

Since reading this review last year I've been telling myself to read Pereira Maintains, and now that Antonio Tabucchi has died I'll make good on it. Authors are so much sexier when they're dead.

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:08 PM

Dora Saint, mentioned in dispatches here frequently, has died, aged 98 - http://www.telegraph...Dora-Saint.html

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:24 PM

The author of Douglas Adams' biography, "Wish You Were Here", Nick Webb, has died.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:49 PM

Ernest Callenbach dies at 83. Wrote environmental novel 'Ecotopia'
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:23 AM

Anyone mentioned Michael Bond, author of Paddingon Bear, just turned 85...


Article in today's Telegraph. Looking hale and hearty at 86.
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 03:05 PM

Yeah, short of a sudden heart attack or catching the wrong plane, Bond won't be a shoo in for ages yet. Some authors do last a long time.
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Posted 02 May 2012 - 11:36 AM

Yeah, short of a sudden heart attack or catching the wrong plane, Bond won't be a shoo in for ages yet. Some authors do last a long time.


Yeh particularly children's authors here are a few more who have reached a grand old age.

Shirley Hughes who wrote the Alfie books born 1927
Nicolas Fisk (aka David Higgenbottom) author of Kids sci-fi books like Grinny, Trillions and Starstormers born 1923
Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) born 1929

No health information about any of these but just by age alone they are worthy of consideration.

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