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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, fascinating and full of wonderful stories
I bought this for myself as I am a big fan of the Telegraph obituaries and have not been able to put it down since it arrived in the post. Full of wonderful stories of a huge variety of lives lived to the full. A perfect Christmas present as there is something for everyone in it. Can't recommend this highly enough.
Published on 26 Nov 2012 by Gerald

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3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Curiosity
Curious selection of death notices that have appeared in the Daily Telegraph since the inception of its obituaries page in 1986. The book, which surprisingly has no dust jacket, is laid out in daily form, corresponding with the date of the subject's death. A category by category selection would have been preferable. As mentioned in the introduction written by Harry de...
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, fascinating and full of wonderful stories, 26 Nov 2012
This review is from: Thinker, Failure, Soldier, Jailer: An Anthology of Great Lives in 365 Days - The Telegraph (Telegraph Books) (Hardcover)
I bought this for myself as I am a big fan of the Telegraph obituaries and have not been able to put it down since it arrived in the post. Full of wonderful stories of a huge variety of lives lived to the full. A perfect Christmas present as there is something for everyone in it. Can't recommend this highly enough.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Wry, 30 Nov 2012
This review is from: Thinker, Failure, Soldier, Jailer: An Anthology of Great Lives in 365 Days - The Telegraph (Telegraph Books) (Hardcover)
A delightfully wry take on death from Fleet Street's finest practitioners of the art. The perfect Christmas present, it is a delightful anthology ideally suited to dipping into with the port.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Curiosity, 7 Jun 2013
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Curious selection of death notices that have appeared in the Daily Telegraph since the inception of its obituaries page in 1986. The book, which surprisingly has no dust jacket, is laid out in daily form, corresponding with the date of the subject's death. A category by category selection would have been preferable. As mentioned in the introduction written by Harry de Quetteville, the current obituaries editor, a lot of famous names are missing from the book while lesser but more interesting people appear. One obituary that was originally published online and not in the paper is a chilling account of Jade Goody's life. Most days have just one obituary and while many are reproductions of the original pieces, others have been severely edited. The book has an index so any desired obituary can be read straight away.

An interesting but flawed book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!, 18 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Thinker, Failure, Soldier, Jailer: An Anthology of Great Lives in 365 Days - The Telegraph (Telegraph Books) (Hardcover)
This is a MUST for Christmas, beautifully edited obituaries for every day of the year, a truly facinating mix of people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read!, 14 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Thinker, Failure, Soldier, Jailer: An Anthology of Great Lives in 365 Days - The Telegraph (Telegraph Books) (Hardcover)
This was actually for my husband, but he ended up reading extracts to me,
until I hogged the book myself.
What fun! And how interesting!
It arrived earlier than predicted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catching up, 16 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Thinker, Failure, Soldier, Jailer: An Anthology of Great Lives in 365 Days - The Telegraph (Telegraph Books) (Hardcover)
This is good to dip into from time to time having missed so many obits from the DT. There are so many interesting people cropping up here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars famous lives not forgotten, 28 April 2014
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This review is from: Thinker, Failure, Soldier, Jailer: An Anthology of Great Lives in 365 Days - The Telegraph (Telegraph Books) (Hardcover)
I have felt for some time that many people led very remarkable lives and one rarely hears about them. This book puts an end to that and I think it is a great coffee table book when you have a few minutes to kill - would recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstandingly good, 29 Oct 2014
This review is from: Thinker, Failure, Soldier, Jailer: An Anthology of Great Lives in 365 Days - The Telegraph (Telegraph Books) (Hardcover)
Hugely entertaining, often laugh out loud funny and always brilliantly well-written: for example

Of Gay Kindersley (Champion amateur jockey): "His lovers included Ann, Marchioness of Queensbury; the zither player Shirley Abicair, a White Russian known as "The Volga Boatwoman" and a lady master of foxhounds with a pilot's licence nicknamed "The Flying Fornicator".

Of Serge Gainsbourg (of Je t'aime infamy): "As his career progressed, Gainsbourg discovered that his capacity to outrage was increasingly hindered by public tolerance".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thinker, Failure, Soldier, Jailer, 20 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Thinker, Failure, Soldier, Jailer: An Anthology of Great Lives in 365 Days - The Telegraph (Telegraph Books) (Hardcover)
I bought this as a present for my daughter's fiance. He was delighted with it. I did sneak a quick look and I found the choice and content of the obituaries fascinating. I will likely get it for myself. The joy is that reading about these modern history characters leads on, in some cases, to look more extensively into their lives through other sources, particularly through the internet. Thoroughly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great success, 11 Jan 2014
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Bought as a present which proved to be a great hit and declared a "winner". Other people have also enjoyed glancing at it when left on the coffee table.
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