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Ross Donald Laurie (1960–2010): An Appreciation

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 February 2016

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I do not approach writing this essay with any relish. In fact, I have consistently and resolutely been putting it off, secretly relieved when the bulk of Ross's own writings took a while to reach me and even when the retina in my left eye came away, obviating any chance of my getting down to work for several more months. The year 2010 has been a painful one. My close colleague, Bill Thorpe, died just before it began and during the year I lost two other long-tenn female friends. This all comes, they say, with the territory of ageing. Either you go yourself, knocked down somewhere in the valley of your sixties or seventies, or you helplessly watch your peers – your acquaintances and loved ones – being carried off by some rampant malignancy: one figure after another photo-shopped forever out of the group portrait of your life.

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