Recent necrology, December 2013

cover of Merry Christmas CowboyA list of well-known people who have died recently:

  • Ronald Biggs, 1929-2013
    Criminal involved in the 1963 great train robbery
  • Janet Dailey, 1944-2013
    American author of numerous romance novels
  • Jim Hall, 1930-2013
    Elegant jazz guitarist who played with Ella Fitzgerald and Sonny Rollins
  • Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
    Former President of South Africa who guided the country from apartheid to democracy during a life filled with hardship and strruggle
  • Peter O’Toole, 1932-2013
    Hell-raising actor who blazed to fame as Lawrence of Arabia but never fulfilled his early promise of true greatness
  • Eleanor Parker, 1922-2013
    Versatile three-time Oscar nominee who played Baroness Scraeder in The sound of music
  • Paul Torday, 1946-2013
    Novelist whose Salmon fishing in the Yemen satirised Western adventurism in the Middle East
  • Colin Wilson, 1931-2013
    Author who electrified the critics in the 1950s before turning to books on crime and the occult

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