Many former Observer hands will be very sad to hear that Eric Clark, who served on the paper for ten years from 1964, has died aged 81. As well as being a first rate writer/reporter (with many major pieces to his name: his reporting changed our gaming laws for the better), Eric was assistant news editor in charge of the unit set up to investigate stories in greater depth than – even then on The Obs – was usual.
He left the paper to become a highly successful author of both fiction (he was compared to both Len Deighton and John le Carre) and factual books. He never lost his attachment to The Observer, and he and his wife Marcelle Bernstein (also a former Observer writer) always attended the annual St Bride’s Tavern Christmas drinks.
If/when there is any news of an occasion – funeral or memorial – at which friends would be welcome, we’ll circulate the details.
For those who wish to write or phone now, Marcelle’s address is: 49, Queen of Denmark Court, Greenland passage, London SE16 7TB. Tel: 0207-231-7147.