Top 5 - Fiction Finales

This article is from 2007.

Fiction Finales

With rumours that the next Inspector Rebus adventure may be the very last one, we look at books which waved a fond farewell to some legendary creations

Jeeves & Wooster In 1974, PG Wodehouse gave us Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen (a title which requires little argument), the final J&W adventure in which Aunt Dahlia gets up to all sorts. Not only did it denote the dotty duo’s demise, but it was the last book PG completed before his death in 1975.

James Bond While the world of the suave murderer is being carried on by Charlie Higson’s Young Bond series, for many, the character created by Ian Fleming effectively died with him in 1964. However, in 2002, a final Fleming short story crept out, ‘007 in New York’.

Hank Zipzer When Henry Winkler stopped being the Fonz, he started co-writing novels about a New York boy with learning difficulties. Favourite titles of the series are I Got a D in Salami and Holy Enchilada! while the last book Barfing in the Back Seat features the Zipzers taking a road trip to a crossword puzzle tournament.

Narnia Whether they are Christian propaganda or, conversely, reflect a subliminal occultism, CS Lewis’ tales remain a staple of posh kids’ upbringings. The finale came in 1956 with The Last Battle, portraying the end of Narnia as we knew it.

Harry Potter Some little speccy wizard guy. You may have caught something about him in the news last month.

Ian Rankin, 16 Aug, 6.30pm, £8 (£6).

Rebus 20

A special exhibition marking the 20th anniversary of the publication of 'Knots and Crosses', Ian Rankin's first Inspector Rebus mystery.

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