Sally Laird: a tribute

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Sally Laird: a tribute



The translator and Prospect contributor Sally Laird died of cancer in Aarhus on July 15, aged 54. She had been living in Denmark for many years, where her husband Mark Le Fanu (the author of this tribute) held a post at the European Film College. Two of her recent articles treated of her adopted country: the first, in July 2003, an account of the Danish hospital system, written with an insider’s knowledge (over the years recurring bouts of erysipelas had made her a frequent patient); the second, in August 2008, a delightfully nuanced essay on why the Danes have continuously come top of the charts as the world’s happiest nation—a somewhat surprising finding on the face of it, in view of their gloomy reputation.  Sally was a beautiful writer, and both articles display her customary kindliness and wisdom; she had little time for sociological platitudes. What she appreciated about

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  1. August 10, 2010

    ann kodicek

    I am so sorry to hear of Sally’s death. Just as you say, mark, she was full of vitality and wit. I shared a rooom with her in Voronezh and found her a splendid companion. Although a only saw her a few times afterwards, I have thought about her often since those days. I’m glad we had communicated by email within the last year or so. She hadn’t changed a bit!

  2. April 9, 2012

    Adewale Maja-Pearce

    I worked with Sally at INDEX ON CENSORSHIP. It was indeed a bumpy ride but she saw it out with grace. A wonderful person.

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Mark Le Fanu

Mark Le Fanu teaches at the European Film College in Denmark and co-manages the Store Bjrn cinema 

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