Douglas Adams’ mother, Janet Thrift, died yesterday the 24th February 2016.

Douglas was 5 years old when his mother and his father (Christopher Adams) divorced. Douglas stayed with his mother and his younger sister, Sue. Janet worked as a nursed in the local hospital. She then remarried in 1964 with a local vet, Ron Thrift. Together they had two kids, Jane and James.

The picture of Janet Thrift attached to this article has been used as an ad for the promotion of the second book of Dirk Gently “The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul” (1988).