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December 18 , 2010

I Told You I Was Ill

Famous Last Words and Astonishing Epitaphs



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Op wereldschaal is de armoede de laatste decennia afgenomen. Maar in bijna zestig, vooral kleine landen, is dat niet het geval. Het armoedeprobleem is daar alleen maar groter geworden en deze landen stevenen af op een drama. Waarom falen alle pogingen om deze landen te helpen? En waarom lijkt de huidige manier van het geven van ontwikkelingshulp…

  • Introduction
  • That’s all Folks! : Actors, Comedians and Entertainment figures
  • Swan Song :     Musicians and Dancers
  • The Full Stop : Writers, Philosophers and Artists
  • The Final Round : Sport Stars, Inventors and Other Public Figures
  • Viva!  :     Royalty, Religious and Political Leaders
  • The Last Post : Spies, Soldiers and Revolutionaries
  • The End of the Sentence : Convicts


As Woody Allen once said, ‘I’m not afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.’ Allen’s quip may reflect how many of us feel about ‘checking out’ but as the only certainty of life, death is a fascinating subject and can also be devastatingly funny. Laughter is often a way of dealing with the more difficult aspects of life. Some wits, like Woody Allen, make a career of using humour to explore the Really Big Subjects and death is no exception. It is only natural that some will use humour as a way of saying goodbye and ensuring they are remembered with a smile. 

This collection will reveal just about every approach that has been taken by the eminent and the notorious to their ultimate utterance. 


Author Biography

Maria Pritchard is a freelance writer who lives in East London with her husband and daughter.  She has two degrees obtained 15 years apart; one in English the other in Humanities with Classical Studies. She worked in publishing for 15 years before deciding to become an author. History is one of her passions. When not writing she pursues her love of dance and travels to warmer climes for snorkelling and scuba diving.

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