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Whatever way you look at it, author Hunter S. Thompson was an unusual man.

“The world is still a weird place, despite my efforts to make clear and perfect sense of it,” he once said, but his books are in fact bizarre, often dream-like affairs – not least because he was famed for beginning his working day with a pick-me-up of cigarettes, alcohol and drugs.

The Kentucky-born journalist’s most famous work, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas was made into a film starring Johnny Depp. Thompson himself had to be removed from the set after repeatedly throwing things at the film’s director, Terry Gilliam.

Hunter had written the novel after becoming side-tracked from his initial assignment to simply provide a caption for a motorcycle race in the Arizona desert.

His other books included Hell’s Angels, The Great Shark Hunt and The Rum Diary.

Hunter took his own life and died in February – a month he’d hated. “February,” he said, “is always a bad month for TV sports. Football is gone, basketball is plodding along in the annual midseason doldrums, and baseball is not even mentioned.”