Nadine Gordimer, Novelist Who Took On Apartheid, Is Dead at 90


Nadine Gordimer, the South African writer whose literary ambitions led her into the heart of apartheid to create a body of fiction that brought her a Nobel Prize in 1991, died on Sunday in Johannesburg. She was 90. Her family announced her death in a statement. Ms. Gordimer did not originally choose apartheid as her subject as a young writer, ... Read More »

Bobby Womack dies at 70

Bobby Womack, who died on 27 June, performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam in July last year. Photograph: Greetsia Tent/WireImage

Soul great who worked with musicians from Sam Cooke to Damon Albarn has died after career spanning nearly six decades Bobby Womack, who has died aged 70, was one of the great soulsingers, who, in a professional career that lasted nearly six decades, worked closely with leading musicians ranging from Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett and Sly Stone to Damon ... Read More »

Maya Angelou obituary

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Maya Angelou in 2005. Photograph: Graeme Robertson Writer, poet and civil rights campaigner lauded for her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings The writer Maya Angelou, who has died aged 86, won acclaim for her first autobiographical memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), a scathing and sardonic indictment of the racial discrimination she experienced as ... Read More »

Author, poet, civil rights activist Maya Angelou dead at 86

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Renowned author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86. Angelou was due to receive the “Beacon of Life Award” at the 2014 MLB Beacon Award Luncheon on May 30 in Houston. The MLB announced that she had canceled her appearance, citing health reasons. She died in her home in Winston-Salem, according to My Fox ... Read More »

Bob Hoskins dies aged 71

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Bob Hoskins, the British actor who starred in The Long Good Friday, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and many more, has died aged 71 • Hoskins interviewed in 2012 and 2011 The actor Bob Hoskins has died aged 71. His agent said that he died on Tuesday, surrounded by his family, suffering from pneumonia. He retired in 2012 following a diagnosis with ... Read More »

Journalism Is The Novel Of Reality

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez won accolades for his fiction but he was at heart a journalist, who learned his trade in the slums of Colombia, writes Antonio Casillo from Buenos Aires For Gabriel García Márquez, who died on 17 April at his home in Mexico City at age 87, Latin America was the land where the bizarre, the illogical and the ... Read More »

Neville Wran’s urban legacy a blight on Sydney

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”We have lost a great mate,” ran the headlines. No doubt it’s true. But Neville Wran’s death, sandwiched as it was between our two defining acronyms, ICAC and ANZAC, should also remind us just what mate culture has cost Australia, Sydney in particular. I often find myself explaining to foreign friends the nuances of the word mate. How tentacled it ... Read More »

Entwining Tales of Time, Memory and Love


The Magus of magical realism, Gabriel García Márquez — who died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City, at the age of 87 — used his fecund imagination and exuberant sleight of hand to conjure the miraculous in his fiction: plagues of insomnia and forgetfulness, a cluster of magical grapes containing the secret of death, an all-night rain of yellow ... Read More »

Nikos Papadakis obituary

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During three decades as press attache and then head of the press office at the Greek Embassy in London, my father, Nikos Papadakis, became, in many ways, the voice of Greece in Britain. Nikos, who has died aged 68 after suffering a stroke, joined the embassy’s press office in 1976, serving as head of the London office from 1989 until ... Read More »