McCullough in 1977: she wrote more than 20 novels, the last coming in 2013

Colleen McCullough: Author whose second book, 'The Thorn Birds', sold 30 million copies and spawned an award-winning TV series

McCullough's 50-year saga takes in murder, church politics and the priest's struggle between faith and the flesh

Quine: audiences cherished his warm tone and sensitive interpretations

Hector Quine: One of the leading classical guitarists of his generation whose teaching skills also nurtured younger talent

Quine was a performer of solid talent and admirable range who reintroduced the sound of the classical guitar to modern audiences

Townes with his maser at a press conference in New York in 1955

Professor Charles Townes: Physicist who became involved in research by accident and went on to share the Nobel Prize for his work on lasers

Townes spent much of his working life at institutions including MIT, Columbia and Berkeley looking for new puzzles to solve

Capra in 2009 in another of his inventions, a fuel-efficient car

Justin Capra: Engineer who invented the jetpack, as well as coming up with numerous prototypes for fuel-efficient vehicles

Of his more than 100 inventions, 72 were prototypes of cars with low fuel consumption, seven were aircrafts and 15 unconventional engines

A photo of Canek Sanchez Guevara, the grandson of Cuban revolutionary leader Che Guevara, hangs above his casket during his funeral in Mexico City

Canek Sanchez Guevara: The grandson of Che Guevara who became an anti-Castro dissident

Canek became an author, travel writer, graphic designer, a punk and heavy metal rock guitarist and staunch opponent of Fidel Castro and his brother Raul

Bhaskar: he was open, funny, gregarious and generous

Roy Bhaskar: Philosopher whose school of critical realism challenged established ways of thinking about being and knowledge

Bhaskar insisted that we must understand what the world is like for us to have knowledge of it

Laxman in front of a depiction of his most famous creation, The Common Man, in the check shirt

RK Laxman: Cartoonist whose 'Common Man' shone a light on the absurdities of Indian politics for more than half a century

The Common Man, a meek spectator to the shenanigans of  corrupt bureaucrats, spawned a television sitcom that ran for 200 episodes

Tangerine Dream's definitive line-up c. 1973, from the left: Christopher Franke, Peter Baumann and Froese

Edgar Froese : Leader of electronic band Tangerine Dream whose influence has been felt for more than four decades

Playing for Salvador Dali at his villa in Spain shaped Froese's subsequent outlook and determination to strive for uniqueness

Baxter in 2006; she created a range of soups in her kitchen

Ena Baxter: Cook and businesswoman whose inventiveness and energy helped make Baxters soups a global brand

The company won three royal warrants, from the Queen, the Queen Mother and Gustav VI, King of Sweden

Wallenberg: he forced through mergers which saved the family firm

Peter Wallenberg: Businessman who overcame paternal opposition to lead one of Sweden's biggest companies with great success

He forced through a series of mergers including in 1999 the creation of AstraZeneca, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies

Roussos in 1976 with some of his gold and silver discs (and a gold cassette); he sold more than 60m records worldwide

Demis Roussos: Singer who began as a prog-rocker then achieved massive solo success with his brand of sunkissed easy listening

The haunting track 'The Four Horsemen' inspired the likes of Jon Anderson of Yes, Beck, Richard Ashcroft and Noel Gallagher

Lang at 20: she had been working making shirts for soldiers in the First World War

Ethel Lang: Shirtmaker and coalminer's daughter whose death at 114 made her the last Victorian in Britain

She lived independently until 105,  though had to stop dancing after breaking her hip in 1998

John Bayley, author and literary critic, died aged 89

John Bayley: Author and literary critic with a gift for friendship and introducing friends

Despite his stammer, Bayley was a conversational curator and superb host

The football manager Ken Furphy has died aged 83

Ken Furphy: Manager who made a big impact at Watford before heading to the US to work with footballing legends

Managed Pele, Moore, Best and Cruyff during a five-year stint in the States

The actor Bernard Kay has died aged 86

Bernard Kay: Character actor who was best known on the big screen in ‘Dr Zhivago’ and who took more than 100 television roles

The classically-trained actor became a familiar face on the small screen

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