Recent necrology, October 2013

A list of well-known people who have died recently:

  • cover of Anthony Caro a life in sculptureAnthony Caro, 1924-2013
    Britain’s greatest sculptor who assumed the mantle of Henry Moore
  • Patrice Chereau, 1944-2013
    Film director and enfant terrible of the French theatre who staged a controversial production of Wagner’s Ring
  • Tom Clancy, 1947-2013
    American author and inventor of the techno-thriller who predicted 9/11
  • Nigel Davenport, 1928-2013
    Versatile actor whose magnetic gaze marked many memorable roles for stage, film and television
  • John Hopkins, 1927-2013
    British-born conductor who devoted 50 years of his career to music in Australia and New Zealand
  • Christopher Koch, 1932-2013
    Australian author best known for his 1978 novel, The year of living dangerously
  • Trevor Lummis, 1930-2013
    Social historian who drew on word of mouth to illuminate accounts of the past
  • Frederik Pohl, 1919-2013
    Publisher who launched Isaac Asimov’s career and then became a highly respected sci-fi writer himself
  • Mark Brandon Read, 1954-2013
    Notorious Melbourne criminal and author
  • Lou Reed, 1942-2013
    Rock and roll star with the Velvet Underground who influenced a generation of musicians

Recent necrology, September 2013

A list of well-known people who have died recently:

  • cover of My music in LondonJohn Amis, 1922-2013
    Musical impresario who worked with Myra Hess and Donald Swann and became a regular on My Music.
  • Robert Barnard, 1936-2013
    Mystery writer who peopled his thrillers with English archetypes and won enormous acclaim in America.
  • Eydie Gorme, 1928-2013
    Singer who formed a successful double act with her husband Steve Lawrence.
  • Elmore Leonard, 1925-2013
    Master of crime fiction who transcended the genre with novels such as Get Shorty, and, Glitz.
  • Julie Harris, 1925-2013
    Actress of remarkable versatility whose six Tony Awards have not been equalled.
  • cover of The essentials of classic Italian cookingMarcella Hazan, 1924-2013
    Self-taught cook whose books introduced Britain and America to the joys of real Italian cuisine.
  • Marian McPartland, 1918-2013
    Classically-trained, British-born pianist who made her name on New York’s jazz scene in the 1950s and presented a long-running jazz series on radio.
  • Barbara Mertz, 1927-2013
    American author who wrote under her own name as well as under the pseudonyms Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels.
  • Marcel Reich-Ranicki, 1920-2013
    Warsaw ghetto survivor whose past helped him become an unchallenged literary lion in Germany.
  • Cedar Walton, 1934-2013
    Pianist and composer behind some of the finest pieces in ‘hard bop’ jazz.
  • Yoram Kaniuk, 1930-2013
    Jewish novelist who fought for the creation of Israel but did not like what the state went on to become.

Recent necrology, June 2013

A list of well-known people who have died recently:

Recent necrology, April 2013

A list of well-known people who have died recently:

Recent necrology, March 2013

A list of well-known people who have died recently

  • book coverChinua Achebe, 1930-2013
    Novelist and poet hailed as the founding father of modern African literature
  • Barbara Anderson, 1926-2013
    Acclaimed NZ author who wasn’t published until aged in her sixties
  • Hugo Chavez Frias, 1954-2013
    Venezuelan President who embraced 21st century socialism and raged at the United States
  • Richard Griffiths, 1947-2013
    Celebrated English actor of stage, film and television
  • James Herbert, 1943-2013
    Bestselling author of horror classics The rats, and The frog
  • Alvin Lee, 1944-2013
    Rock guitarist and leader of Ten Years After who electrified Woodstock in 1969
  • George Lowe, 1924-2013
    Last of the team, including Edmund Hillary, that first conquered Everest
  • Rise Stevens, 1913-2013
    Opera singer with a million-dollar voice who played the seductress as Carmen and as Delilah
  • Frank Thornton, 1921-2013
    Actor who excelled as the disdainful Captain Peacock in the sitcom Are you being served?
  • Katharina Wolpe, 1931-2013
    Pianist who ranged from Schubert to Schoenberg

Recent necrology, February 2013

book coverA list of well-known people who have died recently: