Thinker, Failure, Soldier, Jailer by Harry Quetteville
An Anthology of Great Lives in 365 Days - The Telegraph

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The obituaries pages of the Telegraph are renowned for their quality of writing and a capacity to distil the essence of a life from its most extraordinary moments. Mixing heroism, ingenuity, infamy and the bizarre, Thinker, Failure, Soldier, Jailer collects the very best of those obituaries to present an endlessly absorbing compendium of human endeavour. Organised day by day around the calendar year, with each life presented on the date it ended, the book features hundreds of remarkable stories. World statesmen jostle with glamorous celluloid stars, pioneering boffins sit alongside chart-topping rock ’n’ rollers, while artists and their muses mingle with record-breaking sportsmen, Victoria Cross winners, spies, spivs and captains of industry – as well as the titans of rather more esoteric fields. Here, for instance, can be found Britain’s greatest goat breeder, a hangman who campaigned to abolish the death penalty, a priest to Soho’s pimps, a cross-dressing mountaineer and a minister who preached a gospel of avarice – donations in notes only, please, as ‘change makes me nervous’. A treasure trove of human virtue, vice and trivia, Thinker, Failure, Soldier, Jailer is the perfect gift for the armchair psychologist in all of us.

About Harry Quetteville

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 Harry de Quetteville is Obituaries Editor for the Daily Telegraph.
Published March 8, 2013 by Aurum Press. 593 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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