A contemplation on Great Persons, their death and ‘the effect’ on us

With the death of Iron Lady Thatcher yesterday, and Nelson Mandela’s release from hospital (again) 2 days ago, I can’t help but wonder how many authors/biographers are preparing their works about the lives of these Great Persons… when they are still ‘up and running’. In Mandela’s case there must be a bunch.

One often sees a surge in interest of these Great Persons/wildly famous people in the days after their death. As if we forgot almost all about them — expect for those that had a particularly keen interest in the person in question — and are with their death reminded how Great they were. It seems to be something of a ritual.

On my way home yesterday I also picked up an Evening Standard to read those pages dedicated to Margaret Thatcher.

And then I had a look at Amazon.co.uk’s Bestsellers on April 9th and found that the book on her political life has been in the top 100 for 2 days. That is today and yesterday, April 8th, the day the statement of her passing away was made…

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For your renewed interest in Baroness Thatcher, I recommend the 2011 movie the Iron Lady, with the extraordinary Meryl Streep as “Maggie”.

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