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A book of cheeky obituaries

The obit goes on to say that his friends loved Mountgarret, because he was an entertaining character

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ECCENTRIC LIVES: The Daily Telegraph Book of 21st Century Obituaries

Dwight Garner | NYT
ECCENTRIC LIVES: The Daily Telegraph Book of 21st Century Obituaries
Author: Andrew M Brown
Publisher: Unicorn
Pages: 250
Price: $37.95

It used to be that, when you died, what you wanted was an obituary in a good newspaper, not that you’d be around to savour it. Since the introduction of the smartphone, the stakes have been raised. “I got a breaking news alert when I croaked,” some overachiever has surely bragged in the great beyond. “How about you?”

Obituaries in newspapers like this one have loosened up in the past few decades. Résumé virtues, like being the inventor of Velcro, still matter most, but eulogy

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First Published: Dec 18 2022 | 10:10 PM IST

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