William Goldman: Oscar-winning screenwriter

In a career spanning more than five decades, Goldman regarded himself as a novelist who just happened to write motion pictures

Lodi Gyari: Dalai Lama’s special envoy who fought for Tibetan rights

At the age of three, Gyari began his schooling in monasteries and went on to become in effect the leading diplomat of the global Tibetan exile community and the Dalai Lama’s right-hand man


Judith Kazantzis: Poet who railed against injustice at home and abroad

Her aristocratic background notwithstanding, she was a Labour Party supporter through and through and her verse was packed with politics

Anthea Bell: translator who made Asterix an English-language Gaul

Her award-winning renderings of works by Freud, Kafka and WG Sebald in English were capped by her ties to the little Gaulish village we know so well


Antoine Sfeir: French-Lebanese writer who critiqued political Islam

He leveraged his scholarship in matters relating to Islam to advocate secularism


Jon Burge: Policeman turned racist 'torturer' who targeted black men

Burge was accused of burning suspects on radiators, suffocating them and using electroshock methods – but the statute of limitations on his crimes lapsed before he could be convicted



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