New Zealand has lost a wordsmith:
The journalist and author Ian Cross has died aged 93.
He is best known for his classic novel The God Boy but in a wide-ranging career he achieved distinction in other spheres, notably as editor of The Listener and chairman of the Broadcasting Corporation.
A journalist for many years, he began writing fiction in his spare time.
His four years as Listener editor in the 1970s helped to expand the magazine to an unprecedented mass circulation, and he then served as executive chairman of the Broadcasting Corporation before retiring in 1986. . .
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