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Roddick in new biography dictionary

The founder of the Body Shop, the face of Mastermind and the impresario behind Joy Division are included in the latest edition of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

The trio - Anita Roddick, Magnus Magnusson and Tony Wilson - are among 216 men and women who died in 2007 who are entered in the weighty tome.

They are joined by legendary journalist Bill Deedes, who was Private Eye's Dear Bill, broadcasters Ned Sherrin and Alan Coren, jazz singer George Melly and Ian Smith, the former prime minister of Rhodesia.

Charity founders Chad Varah, of the Samaritans, and Shelter boss Bruce Kenrick also made the book, as did athlete and charity fundraiser Jane Tomlinson, 1966 football World Cup winner Alan Ball, cricket coach Bob Woolmer and rally champion Colin McRae.

Controversial Mancunian comedian Bernard Manning, who died from kidney failure aged 76, also has an entry in the book.


From Belfast Telegraph