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"Daily Telegraph" Book of Obituaries: Celebration of Eccentric Lives v.1: Celebration of Eccentric Lives Vol 1 [Paperback]

Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd
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8 Nov 1996
This title gathers together some of the, often amusing, obituaries that have appeared in "The Daily Telegraph".

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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (8 Nov 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330349791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330349796
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I learned of this book through a review in the New Yorker, and was so intrigued with the wonderful, tongue-in-cheek style and the almost unbelievable content that I put quite a bit of effort into tracking it down. It more than repaid that effort. The obituaries are not depressing; instead, they really are a celebration of the wonderful, zany variety of human nature. I feel privileged to have shared a century with many of the people in this book. Read, for example, of Margaret Mee, a botanical artist, who repelled a band of gold prospectors in Brazil by remarking, as she leveled a revolver at them, "I haven't had a lot of shooting practice, but really I think I'm quite good. After all, a steady hand and a good eye are absolutely essential qualities for a painter, wouldn't you say?" Or read of Nesta Cox, an English nanny working in France who became a hero of the French Resistance and had airlifted to her by the RAF not only supplies for sabotage but also packets of tea. Or read of the author BB, who "at the age of four . . . incontrovertibly saw a gnome." This book has it all: humble heroes and well-born villains, gay hairdressers and mad scholars. And when you finish it, there are three more collections: Heroes and Adventurers, Entertainers, and Rogues. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compact treasure of daily inspirations. 29 May 2012
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What a wonderful collection of quirky lives to gain inspiration from. The rich grounds from which to glean the stories of those who had something else to offer than ordinary lives. Well chosen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Funny 1 July 2013
By PaulEG
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And inspirational too; fame, fortune, education, family background .... All incidental according to this book to the chances of achieving a fulfilling life if like these great eccentrics you are willing to be yourself. Should be compulsory reading for anyone seeking to understand what really make Britain Great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you read the daily obits this is for you. 1 Mar 2013
By Kizzy
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Ecletic compilation . A book to pick up and dib in when you have a spare moment or waiting for an appointment. Interesting insight into other peoples lives. Again prompt delivery and well packed.
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