Umberto Eco passes away

by |February 20, 2016

Umberto Eco was kind enough to write some very readable, yet incredibly erudite, novels for people like you and me to read. Because in his day job he was a highly regarded theorist, philosopher and thinker on subjects which break the brain of most of us. Semiotics anyone?

The Name of the Rose, his most successful novel, was an international bestseller and was made into a critically acclaimed film which helped revive Sean Connery’s career.

My favourite of Umberto Eco’s novels is Foucault’s Pendulum. It is The Da Vinci Code for grownups. I learnt more about alternative histories, secret societies, bizarre sects from that one novel than from any other source. And it was thrilling. Unputdownable.

The world has lost another great today. First Harper Lee, now Umberto Eco. Literature will not be the same.

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John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker) is the author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy published by Random House Australia. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings reached the top ten on the Australian fiction charts and Natasha/John was the tenth highest selling Australian novelist and third highest selling Australian debut author in 2012. The trilogy has since sold over 50,000 copies in print and ebook and has been translated into French and Polish. John has worked in the book industry for the last twenty years. While still in his twenties he opened John’s Bookshop, a second-hand bookshop in Mosman in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Now he is the Head of Product and Chief Buyer at

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