Harold Pinter (1930 – 2008)

Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter, who had cancer, died on Christmas Eve aged 78.

Of his own work, Pinter had this to say:

“When we look into a mirror,” he said, “we think the image that confronts us is accurate. But move a millimetre and the image changes.

“We are actually looking at a never-ending range of reflections. But sometimes a writer has to smash the mirror – for it is on the other side of that mirror that the truth stares at us.”

To see the BBC obituary, click here