Alan Scholefield

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Alan Scholefield (born 15 January 1931, Cape Town) is a South African writer famous for his Macrae and Silver series.

He lives in Hampshire and is married to Australian novelist Anthea Goddard. They have three daughters.


Born in Cape Town, Scholefield was educated at Queen’s College, Queenstown and the University of Cape Town where he read Eng. Lit. and where he won an athletics blue and broke a South African junior record. After university, from which he graduated in 1951, Scholefield became a journalist on The Cape Times and The Cape Argus.

With his first wife Patricia, he lived in Spain writing short stories for America, Canada and London. The marriage broke up in 1960 and in 1962 he married the Australian journalist and novelist Anthea Goddard and settled in London.

Scholefield’s first novel A View of Vultures was published in 1966. In addition to his novels, Scholefield has written a non-fiction history of three African monarchies, The Dark Kingdoms and has written three dramas for South African Broadcasting (SABC) and a stage adaptation of Treasure Island.

In 1981 Scholefield’s novel Venom was made into a film starring Klaus Kinski, Nicol Williamson and Oliver Reed.


Macrae and Silver
  • Dirty Weekend Macmillan (1990)
  • Thief Taker Macmillan (1991)
  • Never Die in January Macmillan (1992)
  • Threats & Menaces Macmillan (1993)
  • Don’t Be a Nice Girl Macmillan (1994)
  • Night MovesMacmillan (1996)
Dr. Anne Vernon
  • Burn Out Headline (1994)
  • Buried Treasure Headline (1995)
  • Bad Timing Headline (1997)
  • A view of Vultures Heinemann (1966)
  • Great Elephant Heinemann (1967)
  • The Eagles of Malice Heinemann (1968)
  • Wild Dog Running Heinemann (1970)
  • The Young Masters Heinemann (1972)
  • The Hammer of God Heinemann (1973)
  • Lion in the Evening Heinemann (1974)
  • The Alpha Raid Heinemann (1976)
  • Venom Heinemann (1977)
  • Point of Honour Heinemann (1979)
  • Berlin Blind Heinemann (1980)
  • The Stone Flower Hamish Hamilton(1982)
  • The Sea Cave Hamish Hamilton (1983)
  • Fire in the Ice Hamish Hamilton (1984)
  • King of the Golden Valley Hamish Hamilton (1985)
  • The Last Safari Hamish Hamilton (1987)
  • The Lost Giants Hamish Hamilton (1989)
  • Loyalties Chapmans (1991)
  • Night Child Chapmans (1992)
  • The Drowning Mark Macmillan (1997)
Writing as Lee Jordan
  • Cat’s Eyes Hodder & Stoughton (1981 with Anthea Goddard)
  • Criss Cross Coronet (1983)
  • The Deadly Side of the Square Macmillan (1988)
  • The Toy Cupboard Macmillan (1989)
  • Chain Reaction Macmillan (1989)
  • The Dark Kingdoms Heinemann (1975)
TV Serials
  • River Horse Lake (1983)
  • Sea Tiger(1985) SABC
  • My Friend Angelo (1990) SABC
Stage Adaptations
  • Treasure Island (1978)

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