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Win a copy of The Bedside Book of Final Words

The Bedside Book of Final Words

Compiled by Eric Grounds

Illustrated by Bill Tidyand introduced by Richard Stilgoe

What would you like your last words to be? For some people, the last thing they ever say turns out to be their most memorable line, while for others, their last utterance is disappointingly (often hilariously) mundane.

In this there are hundreds of famous and final quotes, as well as the stories behind them – poignant, funny, modest, deluded or philosophical, planned or unplanned.


Artists, musicians, poets, writers, actors, businessmen, philanthropists, criminals, revolutionaries, dictators, heroes, scientists, politicians, statesmen, soldiers, sailors, airmen, adventurers, US presidents, royalty, clerics, anonymous, impersonal, plus classic quotes from literature and film.

Exclusive cartoons from the pen of Bill Tidy provide the last word on deathbed humour.

Great quotes from memorable figures and the less well-known, with the story behind their famous last words.

‘Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.’  JOHN LENNON, MBE 1940-1980

‘It’s all been very interesting.’ LADY MARY WORTLEY MONTAGU, 1689 – 1762

“Am I dying, or is it my birthday?”  LADY NANCY ASTOR, 1879-1964

“I am imploring you – burn all the indecent poems and drawings”  AUBREY BEARDSLEY, 1872-1898

“That was a great game, fellas”  BING CROSBY 1903-1977

Competition closing date

Sunday, 13 March 2016 - 11:59pm

Competition prize

To win 1 of 3 copies of The Bedside Book of Final Words; simply answer the question below:-


William Critchlow, Pauline Hill and Mickie Bull

This competition is now closed. Congratulations to all our winners!

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