Novelist Richard Gordon dies aged 95

Novelist Richard Gordon dies aged 95

Dr Gordon Ostlere, who wrote novels under the penname Richard Gordon, has died aged 95.

Literary agency Curtis Brown said the writer died peacefully in the morning of 11th August 2017.

Dr Ostlere was a surgeon and anaesthetist at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London who also wrote novels, screenplays and accounts of popular history under the name Richard Gordon.

In 1952, he left the medical practice and took up writing full time. He is best known for the Doctor series of novels and a film adaptation of Doctor in the House, published by Michael Joseph, was released in 1954.

A spokesperson for Curtis Brown said: “His hugely successful books and films bought an immense amount of innocent and intelligent pleasure to millions. The Doctor in the House name still resonates, as do many of the characters he created, such as the fearsome surgeon Sir Lancelot Spratt.”

Dr Ostlere was a “much-loved father, grandfather and great grandfather,” the agency added.