I was saddened to read the death notice of Ray Richards, veteran literary agent, publisher and bibliophile
Ray Richards moved into the literary world after surviving the risky life of a Fleet Air Arm fighter pilot during World War II. After ten years in publishing, he founded his own literary agency, and soon had built up a stable of fine children's writers, including Joy Cowley and Tessa Duder. He also handled some other genres, and represented one of the best maritime historians around, Harry Morton.
Ray Richards passed away on 1 July 2013, in his 93rd year. Today, Friday 5 July, there is a service to celebrate his inspirational career as a man of books and the sea, at the Naval Memorial Chapel of St Christopher, HMNZS Philomel, Devonport, Auckland.