Willie Donaldson, rake and satirist
February 20, 2009 9:24 AM Subscribe
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'If you value nothing, then nothing you value can be taken from you.' William Donaldson
, the author of the infamous Henry Root Letters
led a life more colourful
than any of his literary inventions.
Coming from a wealthy background, Donaldson was at first known as being the first person to bring Bob Dylan to the UK. After many years spent losing money, he eventually found fame with the Henry Root letters, a hilarious and revealing insight into Britain at the end of the seventies (a review
.) Donaldson again managed to lose the money gained by success, becoming addicted to crack cocaine in his sixties. He died in 2005, his last book being a kind of "punk version of Debrett’s"
, and a biography
charting his extraordinary life is now available. Lastly, three obituaries from the The Independent
, The Times
and The Telegraph
make for very good reading.