Obituaries

The obituaries guide that fills me with terror

5 May 2018 9:00

The Times’s internal guide to writing its obituaries has fallen into my hands. It adds new terrors to death. Questing after…

Lauren Bacall — a true great

13 August 2014 11:15

As so often, no one put it better than Papa. Here is Ernest Hemingway talking of all the movies made…

RIP Mark Shand

24 April 2014 11:57

Mr S was saddened to hear of the untimely death of Mark Shand, the Duchess of Cornwall’s brother. He was…

Baby takes her final bow

11 February 2014 12:38

Thousands of social media users have taken to their keyboards to express shock and surprise at the death of Shirley…

In memory of my friend Alexandros Petersen – a victim of the Taliban

20 January 2014 18:23

On Friday a Taliban suicide bomber detonated in downtown Kabul in the doorway of a Lebanese restaurant which was popular…

RIP: Simon Hoggart. The finest and funniest sketch writer to date

7 January 2014 11:54

Terribly saddened to hear of the death of Simon Hoggart, a lovely writer and to my mind the finest and…

Elizabeth Jane Howard 1923 – 2014

3 January 2014 9:07

The novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard died yesterday at the age of 90. She is most famous for the series of…

RIP Leo Cooper

3 December 2013 14:25

The publisher Leo Cooper has died aged 79. Cooper, who was the husband of novelist Jilly Cooper, had been suffering…

Elmore Leonard

On borrowing Elmore Leonard

20 August 2013 16:59

When you walk into a new branch library, or stumble across an unfamiliar secondhand bookshop, which writer do you look…

Elmore Leonard dies aged 87

20 August 2013 15:18

Elmore Leonard has died aged 87. Leonard began his career as a hack and ended it as a modern master. His rule was:…

Trevor Grills: the terrible death of a Fisherman’s Friend

12 February 2013 23:21

I first came to discover the beauty of the Cornish shanty singers Fisherman’s Friends when I was on holiday in…

Obituary of the Week: Jungleyes Love - Spectator Blogs

12 February 2013 10:03

I’ve been on Jura on a Wedding Planning Immersion Course* these past few days so, apart from noting that the…

Michael Winner’s final words

21 January 2013 15:00

Michael Winner’s family have announced that he’s paid his last bill and checked out. The 77-year-old director of Death Wish and world renowned food…

General Norman Schwarzkopf with Colin Powell. Picture: Getty

General ‘Stormin’ Norman’ Schwarzkopf: a tribute

3 January 2013 14:12

‘Stormin’ Norman’ Schwarzkopf was a formidable figure: formidable in size, in his fearsome temper—and as a genius in the art…

Thank you, Christopher Martin-Jenkins

2 January 2013 13:01

The children who grew up when Christopher Martin-Jenkins began to commentate on cricket (both in print and on the air)…

Robert Hughes RIP

7 August 2012 12:02

It has been a bad week for men of letters, with the loss of Gore Vidal a few days ago…

Gitta Sereny and the truth about evil

29 June 2012 22:15

The death of the author and journalist Gitta Sereny earlier this month drew some strangely critical notices. One piece even…

RIP Ray Bradbury, 1920 – 2012

6 June 2012 18:15

The revered science fiction, horror and mystery writer Ray Bradbury has died aged 91. He was best known for Fahrenheit…

Amarillo Slim, 1928-2012

1 May 2012 10:45

From one great Texan to another: Amarillo Slim, giant of poker and peddler of western wisecracks, has died. Now that…

RIP Lord Walker

23 June 2010 17:47

Peter Walker, Baron Walker of Worcester, has died aged 78. He served as a Cabinet Minister in both the Heath…