Tributes paid to 'witty' David Nobbs

Tributes paid to 'witty' David Nobbs

Tributes have been paid to writer David Nobbs, who has died at the age of 80.

The author, who died on 8th August, was best known for creating the character Reginald Perrin, who featured in a number of novels. Nobbs, who penned 20 novels and was also a screenwriter, adapted his novels about Reginald Perrin into a television series called “The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin”. He also wrote for programmes including “That Was The Week, That Was”, “The Frost Report” and “The Two Ronnies”.

Nobbs’ most recent novel was The Second Life of Sally Motram, published in paperback in summer 2014 by HarperCollins.
Kate Elton, executive publisher, fiction and non-fiction at HarperCollins, said: “David was a warm, witty, kind man with a wonderful knack of making you laugh. His observations of life were as brilliant as they were entertaining. He was a joy to publish and he will be much missed within the HarperFiction team. This is a very sad loss.”

Nobbs was a humanist, and his death was confirmed yesterday by the British Humanist Association (BHA).

The BHA’s chief executive Andrew Copson said: “David Nobbs had a special talent and we were all honoured to have worked with him over his years as a patron of the BHA. He was a British humourist in the best tradition: strong characters, warm wit, great fun, and deep understanding of human frailty. His writing was always sharp and acutely aware of what made people tick.

“David was a passionate individualist – he believed that meaning was something we were all charged with creating in our own lives – and he was a creator of memorable characters.

“At the same time, he wrote beautiful stories which captured the essence of the human experience, tapping into the emotions and experiences we all share. His books and scripts got to the heart of what it is that makes us human.”

Nobbs is survived by his wife, Susan, four stepchildren, eight step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.