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Leslie Thomas Dies Aged 83

Posted at 8:05AM Thursday 08 May 2014

The author Leslie Thomas, best known for his comic novel The Virgin Soldiers, has died aged 83.

Thomas, born in Newport, south Wales, was brought up in a Barnardo's home from age 12, and was a Fleet Street reporter before he began novel writing.

In 2004 he was appointed an OBE for services to literature having sold millions of books worldwide.

He died at his home near Salisbury in Wiltshire on Tuesday after a lengthy illness.

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