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The author of a bestselling book on the origins of the Christian faith has said he does not want to be bothered by the new Bible, despite his death.

Christopher Hitchens died on Tuesday aged 89.

He was a prolific writer who wrote extensively about Christianity and atheism.

Hitchens wrote The Death of the West in 1954, The Age of Atheism in 1957 and the final volume of his best-selling The End of Faith in 1986.

He died on Wednesday at his home in Norfolk, Norfolk, with his son, Nicholas, and wife, Helen.

The book was published in the UK in 1961 and remains a bestseller, and has been translated into 30 languages.

In an interview published by the Telegraph newspaper, Hitchens said he would prefer to be remembered as a writer and not a preacher.

“I don�t care about what people think of me or what they write in their books,” he said.

“But I am a writer of my own thoughts, and I am not a spokesman for any religion.”

Hitchens, who died in 2011, is widely remembered for his work as a novelist and journalist.

He wrote about religion in his novels and the short-lived American magazine of the same name in the 1970s.

He died on the eve of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.