David Hughes (novelist)

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David Hughes (27 July 1930 – 11 April 2005) was an English novelist. His best known work included The Pork Butcher (Schocken, 1985) and But for Bunter, published as The Joke of the Century (Taplinger, 1986) in the United States.

Born in Alton, Hampshire, He went to school at Eggar's Grammar School, Alton, and King's College School, Wimbledon. His father, Fielden Hughes, was headmaster at another Wimbledon school and also wrote a number of novels.

He married the Swedish actress Mai Zetterling in 1958 and collaborated with her on a number of films and books.

They were divorced in 1976 and he remarried in 1980.

His later books included a memoir of his friend Gerald Durrell, called Himself and Other Animals, published in 1997.

He won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis.




(with Mai Zetterling):


  • "A Study of J.B. Priestley" (1958)
  • "The Road to Stockholm" (1964) a travel book
  • "The Seven Ages of England" (1967)
  • "The Rosewater Revolution" (1971), a socio-cultural analysis
  • "Himself and Other Animals" (1997), a memoir of his friend Gerald Durrell
  • "The Lent Jewels" (2002), a biography of A C Tait, a 19th-century Archbishop of Canterbury
  • "The Hack's Tale" (2004), a search for the origins of journalism


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