Matthew Bannister on the British aid worker Linda Norgrove, children's writer Eva Ibbotson, reggae singer Gregory Isaacs and BBC announcer Mary Malcolm.
On Last Word this week:
The British aid worker Linda Norgrove - killed during an American military operation to rescue her from her captors. In an emotional interview her parents talk about her childhood, her determination to help those less fortunate than herself and the tragic violence of her death.
Also children's'writer Eva Ibbotson, who imagined a mystery platform at King's Cross station long before JK Rowling.
Reggae singer Gregory Isaacs - famous for his romantic ballads - he fought a battle with cocaine addiction.
And Mary Malcolm - BBC announcer in the early days of television. We hear from her on screen colleague Sylvia Peters.