Angelica Frankle was a bright and vivacious young woman with many friends and followers, both online and in life. Born in Bath to a Vicar father and school teacher mother she considered both herself and her childhood far too plain to talk about. What is known is that she spent much of it with her nose in books and having “done well” at school went on to study English Literature at the London School of Economics. It is here she truly blossomed both academically and socially, her popularity amongst the smart young “arty types” never again waning.
A notoriously vibrant guest at dinner parties, she put her popularity down to the “curious collection of rather quaint and very queer characters” she would tell tales about. She was regularly heard to state that “You have carry a bagful of colourful to hide your dull behind”.
Yet in a twist she would highly approve of, it is only after her death by accidental hanging (caused by a spider bite) that her obsession with stranger’s lives has come to light. Amongst her possessions has been found an unfinished manuscript entitled ‘Laid to Rest – The Artful Obituary’ in which Frankle chronicles the fascinating lives and untimely deaths of numerous strangers.
It has subsequently been discovered that she was often an uninvited guest at funerals and had been known to interview others who had attended those she missed or were long past. The result is a quirky tome filled with the beautiful, bizarre and on occasion even bawdy collection of lives that make up Frankle’s own life’s work.
Frankle will be cremated at a private ceremony in her hometown of Bath. ‘Laid to Rest – The Artful Obituary’ is due to be published by Webbers in the New Year.
“It’s the stories that make a stranger’s life”
Angelica Frankle ‘Laid to Rest – The Artful Obituary’