Writers who have recently died:

Swedish writer Börge Hellström died on 17th February aged 59; he was best known as one half of the writing duo Roslund & Hellström...Dutch author and illustrator Dick Bruna died on 16th February aged 98; he is best known for his children's books, his most notable creation is Miffy (Nijntje in the original Dutch)...English-Irish poet Tom Raworth died on 8th February aged 78, he was a key figure in the British Poetry Revival....Canadian novelist Richard B. Wright died on 7th February aged 79, he is best known for his award winning novel Clara Callan (2001)...American poet Thomas Lux died on 5th February aged 70...Pakistani novelist Bano Qudsia died on 4th February aged 88, her best known work is Raja Gidh (1981)...Albanian poet and writer Dritëro Agolli died on 3rd February aged 85...African-American novelist William Melvin Kelley died on 1st February aged 79; he is best known for his debut novel, A Different Drummer, published in 1962...Nigerian novelist Buchi Emecheta died on 25th January aged 72, her best known novels include The Bride Price (1976) and The Joys of Motherhood (1979)...British author Douglas Reeman / Alexander Kent died on 23rd January aged 92 he wrote historical fiction about the Royal Navy, mainly set during either World War II or the Napoleonic Wars....Award winning Dutch writer and poet Robert Anker died on 20th January aged 70...Jamaican novelist Peter Abrahams died on 18th January aged 97...South Korean novelist Jung Mikyung died 18th January aged 56...English children's author and illustrator Babette Cole died on 15th January aged 66; her books include Princess Smartypants (1986) and Prince Cinders (1987)...Italian author Giulio Angioni died on 12th January aged 77...American author of The Exorcist (1971), William Peter Blatty, died on 12th January aged 89...

John Buchan (1875-1940)

Death: 11th February 1940
Cause of Death: Accidental - Fall
Location: St Thomas of Canterbury Churchyard, Elsfield, Oxfordshire, England
Photo taken by: Clive and Chris

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Scottish novelist best remembered for writing The Thirty-Nine Steps which was filmed by Hitchcock in 1935. 
He was born in Perth, Scotland and studied Classics at Glasgow University before studying law as Brasenose College, Oxford. After a short law career he moved into a political career and became the private secretary of the High Commissioner for South Africa. In 1910 he wrote Prester John an adventure novel set in South Africa. During WWI he worked for the War Propaganda Bureau and the British Army Intelligence Corps. After the war he continued to write thrillers and also started to produce biographies and historical works. In 1935 he became Governor General of Canada and was created Baron Tweedsmuir. 
On 6th February 1940 he had a stroke whilst he was shaving and badly injured his head as he fell. After several operations the injury proved fatal and he died on 11th February. He was cremated in Canada and his ashes were returned to the U.K.

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