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Eccentric Lives


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Andrew M Brown was born in 1969 and has been obituaries editor at the Daily Telegraph for nine years. He wrote his first obituary, a stock or advance obit of the actor James Garner, more than 20 years ago. He previously edited the opinion pages of the Sunday Telegraph and has contributed to The Spectator, the Oldie and the Catholic Herald among many other publications. He is married with three children and lives in south London.


"It's well worth dying, if one's obituary notice then appears in the Daily Telegraph. For Andrew M Brown has with flair and brilliance carried on Hugh Massingberd's pioneering idea, that what makes up a life, what's worth recording, aren't only distinguished deeds, public accolades, but absurdities, even calamity -- certainly silliness and sadness. In these pages the reader finds dandies, divines, sages, lovers, travellers, villains, neglected geniuses -- yet were they eccentrics ? What's on display are men and women with original minds. If they died in a world where the maverick was no longer trusted or wanted, at least they were born in an era when unorthodoxy was prized, something to be nurtured not shunned. Which is to say this book, funny and loving as it evidently is, already has classic status, historical importance, because the society in which its subjects flourished has rapidly vanished." - Roger Lewis, author, Seasonal Suicide Notes.

"The paper's cheeky, truth-dealing obits have inspired a cult readership. The books that collect them ... are oddly uplifting, better than edibles, to tuck into before bed. The latest Telegraph collection is titled "Eccentric Lives." It's a book about oddballs and joy-hogs and the especially drunken and/or irascible, and it may be the best yet." The New York Times

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