Harry Bernstein, 96 - Author

Harry Bernstein, who died on June 3 aged 101, caused a literary stir when, aged 96, he published a remarkable memoir of a childhood blighted by squalor, abuse and anti-Semitism in the slums of Stockport during and after the First World War. The book, "The Invisible Wall," he wrote to cope with loneliness after his wife died.

Bernstein had written 40 other books, but destroyed most of the manuscripts after they were rejected by publishers. The one for The Invisible Wall – shorn of any outline, summary or synopsis – languished in the London office of Random House for a full year before an editor, Kate Elton, finally picked it up, read it and declared it "unputdownable".

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