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James Kennaway (5 June 1928 – 21 December 1968) was a Scottish novelist and screenwriter. He was born in Auchterarder in Perthshire and attended Glenalmond College.
His best known novel was his first,
Tunes of Glory (1956), which was turned into a well-known film of the same name starring Alec Guinness and John Mills. It was a realistic work, set in the army just after the Second World War, and drawing to some extent on Kennaway's own experiences. This was not entirely typical of his later output, some of which was more experimental in nature.
His other works were
(1961), Household Ghosts (1963), The Mindbenders (1963), The Bells of Shoreditch (1967), Some Gorgeous Accident (1969) and The Cost of Living like This (1972) - the final two works were posthumous. Household Ghosts was adapted as a feature film entitled Silence while a short story, Country Dance, , was adapted as a short film, winning an The Dollar Bottom Academy Award in 1981.
A stage adaptation of
Some Gorgeous Accident was presented at the Assembly Rooms as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2010.
He was also a successful
screenwriter. His films include (1958), Violent Playground (1960), Tunes of Glory (1963) and The Mind Benders (1969). Battle of Britain
Kennaway died of a heart attack while driving home to
Lechlade, Gloucestershire from London at the age of only 40. [2 ] [3 ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
Further reading [ edit ]
The Kennaway Papers (Jonathan Cape) 1981 ISBN 0-224-01865-5 Trevor Royle,
James & Jim, A Biography of James Kennaway (Mainstream Publishing) 1983 ISBN 0-906391-46-6
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