Revealed: Patrick Moore's secret 'sons'. A deeply moving interview with the three men adopted by the astronomer after losing their fathersThe stories of Ian Makins, Chris Doherty and Adam Corrie provide an extraordinary insight into the man who was as luminous and yet as mysterious as the skies he studied For Sir Patrick the three of them were simply 'my family'Their memories are full of laughter; memories of impromptu parties at his home, travels around the world and shared friendships | UPDATED: 00:05 GMT, 17 December 2012 When Sir Patrick Moore passed away at the age of 89 last week following a short illness, the impression was of a solitary, eccentric soul who died as he lived – alone. A short statement released on his behalf told us his beloved cat Ptolemy was with him, along with the carers he relied upon in his latter years, but there was no wife, no children – in fact, no blood relative at all
The saucy book that's caused a rotten row between neighbours: Writer causes outrage after locals say she based erotic novel on them Angela Hargreaves' novel Rotten Row is described as a tale of 'sexual encounters' and the 'complexity of living in close proximity to some neighbours'The writer's own neighbours in Eccleshall, Staffordshire, are now refusing to speak to her after accusing her of basing the story on their lives Hargreaves insists the book is fictional | UPDATED: 12:52 GMT, 10 December 2012 Authors often base their novels on their own experiences, over-heard conversations or eccentric characters they may have met throughout their lives. But one writer has caused offense by keeping her characters too close to home – as she's been accused of basing them on her own neighbours. Friends of novelist Angela Hargreaves, who lives in Eccleshall, Staffordshire, are now refusing to speak to her after private conversations they've had with her and secrets they've confided have allegedly ended up in her book.