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Darcy's demise stranger than fiction for book fans

Editor's Viewpoint

Published 30/09/2013

There are times when fiction seems more powerful than real life and today, millions of women around the world will be mourning the demise of Mark Darcy, the hero of the highly successful Bridget Jones books.

Sadly, however, the dashing Mr Darcy has not survived in the latest book and he has been killed off, without further ado. Despite this, the cad Daniel Cleaver lives on and people are left to wonder about Mr Darcy and to ask why such bad things happen to such good people. The outpourings of grief on Twitter and Facebook are almost too much to bear but, undaunted, the redoubtable Bridget Jones lives on. Fiction, like life itself, can be so cruel ...

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Father would be so proud of his twins' charity appeal 

Editor's Viewpoint There are many demands on our charity from deserving causes but it would be a hard heart which is not moved by the appeal by twins Amy and Liam Murray for donations to the Cancer Focus Christmas appeal. Having lost their father Liam to cancer six years ago, they know the value of the services offered by the organisation. Cancer is expected to hit one in two people in the coming years and there will be many households with empty chairs this Christmas...

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