William Corlett

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This article is about the English author. For the U.S. House Delegate from Wyoming Territory, see William Wellington Corlett. For the American architect, see William H. Corlett.
William Corlett
Born 8 October 1938
Darlington, County Durham
Died 16 August 2005(2005-08-16) (aged 66)
Sarlat, Aquitaine, France
Occupation Novelist, playwright
Nationality English
Period 1963–2004

William Corlett (8 October 1938 – 16 August 2005), was an English author, best known for his quartet of children's novels, The Magician's House, published between 1990 and 1992.


Corlett was born in Darlington, County Durham. He was educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh, then trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He worked as an actor while embarking on a literary career during the 1960s, and wrote plays and adult novels as well as the children's novels for which he is particularly remembered. Several of his works were adapted for the screen.

Later in life he came out as gay, and it was from his partner, Bryn Ellis, that he gained some of his inspiration for The Magician's House.[1] Corlett died of cancer at Sarlat in France.[1]



  • Another Round (1963)
  • The Gentle Avalanche (1964)
  • Return Ticket (1966)



  • The Gate of Eden (1974)
  • The Land Beyond (1974)
  • Return to the Gate (1975)
  • The Dark Side of the Moon (1977)
  • Bloxworth Blue (1984)
  • The Steps Up the Chimney (1990)
  • The Door in the Tree (1990)
  • The Tunnel behind the Waterfall (1991)
  • The Bridge in the Clouds (1992)
  • The Summer of the Haunting (1993)
  • The Secret Line (1995)
  • Now and Then (1995)
  • Two Gentlemen Sharing (1997)
  • Kitty (2004)


  • The Hindu Sound (1978)
  • The Christ Story (1978)
  • The Islamic Space (1979)


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