The Times Great Lives: A Century in Obituaries

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An obituary offers an instant assessment of a life. For more than 150 years, The London Times has been providing respected and discerning verdicts on the lives of the great and the good. Collected here for the first time are obituaries of more than 100 of the most significant and influential figures in their fieldsfrom athletes, musicians, writers, artists, and pop stars, to politicians and military personnel. Ordered chronologically, they provide fascinating juxtapositions, with pictures from The Times archive scattered throughout, some of which have not been seen since the obituary was first published. All of the major figures that readers would expect to find in a book of great 20th century lives are included in this collection. There are also some unexpected figures who were not necessarily in the limelight but whose lives had a great impact.

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After a decade as a freelance writer, editor, lecturer and translator, Ian Brunskill joined The Times in 1991. He became Obituaries Editor in 1999, and, in addition, Letters Editor in 2005; he also edits the paper's Saturday Faith page of religious features and news. He is editor of The Times Great Lives (2005) and The Times Great Victorian Lives (2007).

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'a glorious celebration of human diversity, genius and sheer eccentricity!Great Lives is a great book' Daily Express 'an engrossing volume, full of lively writing' Times Literary Supplement

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