The Very Best of the Daily Telegraph Books of Obit

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A richly unpredictable medley of twentieth-century lives, a study in miniature, reflecting the last century at its most picturesque, poignant and absurd. 'Like going on an all-night spree with alluring strangers one has just met in a smart bar: unpredictable, vivacious, happy, with glimpses of a world of sumptuous elegance and hints of romance, but above all lingeringly memorable.' TLS' '[Hugh Massingberd's] series of obituaries... have proved themselves to be marvellously durable bedside books , . His touch, both as an author and an editor, was invariably light . Although the foibles and eccentricities of the dead were often hilariously evoked (and the latest book, like its predecessors, makes you roar - shake - with laughter), it never nudges you in the ribs, never comes dancing up to you arrayed in cap and bells. It is in every sense a labour of love. An authentic Massingberd obituary never belittles its subject.' Literary Review

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'Like going on an all-night spree with alluring strangers one has just met in a smart bar: unpredictable, vivacious, happy, with glimpses of a world of sumptuous elegance and hints of romance, but above all lingeringly memorable.' TLS '[Hugh Massingberd's] series of obituaries... have proved themselves to be marvellously durable beside books,... His touch, both as an author and an editor, was invariably light... Although the foibles and eccentricities of the dead were often hilariously evoked (and the latest book, like its predecessors, makes you roar - shake - with laughter), it never nudges you in the ribs, never comes dancing up to you arrayed in cap and bells. It is in every sense a labour of love. An authentic Massingberd obituary never belittles its subject.' Literary Review

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This is a compilation of the very best of the five best-selling volumes of Daily Telegraph obituaries. The foibles and eccentricities of the dead are evoked as a labour of love, while the reader is introduced to alluring strangers and and a world of elegance and romance.

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