Christopher Bland Obituary

  

Christopher Bland Obituary

It is with the greatest sadness that I am writing to say Christopher died on Saturday morning.  He had fought a mighty duel with cancer, as befitted an Olympic fencer, but in the end even his great spirit was quenched.  For Anthony and me, Christopher was a game-changer,
a man who altered the course of our lives when, as chairman of London Weekend Television, owners of Hutchinson, he decreed that this much older and more powerful publishing company should merge with our fledgling Century.  As chairman of the newly formed Century Hutchinson, he went on to preside over our sale to Random House.  It was not until 25 years later, aged 75, that he decided he wanted to write novels.  It seemed absolutely fitting that he should come to Head of Zeus for Ashes in the Wind and Cathar and he told me that he wished he had been a writer all his life, instead of chairing all those boards.  He was a strong-minded, fiery, brilliant man and a very good writer.  A fierce foe, but a wonderful friend.  We shall never forget him.  RIP Christopher.
 
Rosie De Courcy