Quentin Richard Stephen Letts (born 6 February 1963) is an English theatrical critic and journalist. He has contributed to the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, and The Oldie. Letts' return to The Times was announced on February 26, 2019.
He has been described as "Britain's most successful drama critic", and his reviews have a significant influence on the British theatre scene. His columns are often controversial, but he has won several awards for his work.
Letts was born in Hampstead, London, the son of Jane (née Pritchard), a homemaker, and Richard Letts, a stockbroker. He has two older sisters: one being Rosanna, who is also a writer. They were brought up in Putney, South West London. He was educated at Haberdashers' Aske's School for Boys, then an all-boys public school in Hertfordshire. He subsequently gained a degree in English literature from King's College, Cambridge.
After graduating, he worked as an editorial assistant for The Face magazine before becoming involved with the Royal Court Theatre Company. In 1992, he joined The Times as their theatre critic, having previously written for The Spectator. He has since become known for his criticism of new British plays and for promoting new writing by young playwrights. He has also spoken out against gender bias in the theatre industry.
FitzSimons has been a sports columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald since 1987 and has written for it since 1988. He has also written columns for The Age, The Canberra Times, and The Brisbane Courier-Mail.
He won the Walkley Award in 1992 for his work on a story called "The Making of an Idiot". The story focused on Australian cricket captain Ian Chappell who had been banned from playing cricket for three years by the England Cricket Board over his role in the 1981 Indian tour scandal. It was later revealed that part of the reason for the ban was because Chappell had refused to go to India to play a series of matches against English county teams despite being offered money to do so.
Since then, he has written several other columns about different sporting issues such as doping in sport, match fixing, and corruption. His book A Cocky Season: One man's fight with drugs and death wishes to change baseball forever was published in 2001. The book focused on former Major League Baseball player Gary Thorne who had been involved in one of the biggest drug scandals in baseball history - he had attempted to kill himself while serving a sentence for attempting to smuggle heroin into prison.
Quentin returns to urge Nathan to follow his basketball ambitions. Of then, there was Keith, who returned on multiple times to harass Dan and guilt-trip him until he finally confesses to murdering Keith.
He first appears at the end of season five, when Dan learns that Nater Valley State University is looking for players. He convinces Nathan to join him at NVSU, where they will be able to play ball together. However, after seeing how much it means to Nathan to have Quinn support his decision to go to school away from home, Dan decides to give up his job and move with Nathan.
They arrive in Raleigh too late to register as freshmen, so they decide to stay with friends and begin training with an old college buddy of Dan's, Derek Davis. It doesn't take long before the two guys realize that playing ball together is more fun than going to class, so they quit school and turn their attention to the court.
After getting drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers, they travel out west where Dan hopes to get a job coaching at NVSU while Nathan plays in the NBA. But nothing goes according to plan when the Lakers fire their coach and hire Keith Miller as their new head coach.
|Original Name||Denis Pratt|
|Birth||25 Dec 1908 Sutton, London Borough of Sutton, Greater London, England|
|Death||21 Nov 1999 (aged 90) Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Metropolitan Borough of Manchester, Greater Manchester, England|
|Burial||Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Ashes Scattered Down Broadway|
Showrunner Henry Alonso Myers explained the show's decision to kill Quentin, which is doubtlessly intertwined with his unresolved feelings towards Eliot and complicated history of mental health, by saying that Quentin was a "tremendously important part" of how the rest of the characters evolved (via TV Line), and his...
The Walking Dead season seven premiere "No Time Left" showed us why they killed Quentin.
He was a tremendously important part of how the rest of the characters evolved. His death was not intended to be permanent, but rather it opened up possibilities for future stories down the road. I think it's fair to say that nobody expected him to die at the end of season six, so much so that we didn't even write his scene until late in the process of writing that episode.
Quentin's death came as a shock to pretty much everyone involved with the show. While discussing potential deaths before they happen, we usually focus on the characters we think will survive given what kind of injury they have suffered. With Quentin, however, we went the other way - we asked ourselves what would make him die. The only thing that made sense was if our villains caught him doing something useful like saving one of their people. We then wrote his death around this assumption.
It's worth mentioning that although he was a character who lived in the past, Quentin wasn't exactly perfect.
Furst would, in fact, return to the historical spy genre three years later, with Dark Star in 1991. He's still writing WWII-era espionage novels thirty-one years and more than a dozen novels after Night Soldiers, however his next book will have some significant changes from his customary formula. Where previous books have focused on single characters over several episodes of their lives, Furst plans to use multiple narrators for Dark Star, which he describes as "a novel about two cities and the people who work in them."
He's also planning to go beyond Europe this time around, saying in an interview that he has "some ideas for other places" besides Germany and France. Dark Star is scheduled to be published by St. Martin's Press in the fall of 2011.
In addition to writing, Furst has been involved in politics throughout his career. He was an adviser to President Carter and represented California in the House of Representatives for eight years. His political articles have appeared in publications such as The New York Times Magazine and Foreign Policy magazine.
When asked by a reporter if he planned to continue writing after Night Soldiers sold poorly at first but eventually became a bestseller, Furst replied: "I don't know. I have no idea what'll happen now that I've written one too many novels set in Germany during World War II. But maybe they'll let me get away with it this time."