Alan Gold (author)
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Leicester, United Kingdom
|Nationality||New South Wales, Australia|
Alan David Gold (born 1945) is a novelist, columnist, and human rights activist.
Life and career
Born in Leicester, United Kingdom, Alan Gold began his working life on British provincial newspapers such as the Leicester Mercury before becoming a freelance correspondent in the United Kingdom and Europe. He and his wife Eva moved to Australia in 1970.
He has written seventeen books which have been published and translated internationally. His novels deal with a wide range of subjects, most often associated with modern and ancient history and politics and Judaism. His most recent publications are Bell of the Desert (the fictionalized life of Gertrude Bell, the woman who was instrumental in the creation of modern Iraq), The Pirate Queen, about Grace O'Malley and Warrior Queen about the adventures of the British Queen Boudica, published by Penguin Putnam/NAL in the United States.
He and award-winning screenwriter Mike Jones have recently signed a major international publishing deal with Simon & Schuster for a trilogy of novels dealing with the 3000-year history of the city of Jerusalem. The novels trace the history of two families through the ages and in a multitude of different locations. The trilogy is under negotiations with producers in Hollywood to be made into a long-form television series.
Other recent books include The Mechanic, about the Nuremberg trials, Bat out of Hell, a novel dealing with a bat-caused pandemic, Lady of the Night, a novel about truth in fiction, and fiction in truth, and The Pretender's Lady, a story about Flora MacDonald and Bonnie Prince Charlie.
He is a regular literary critic for The Australian and also an opinion columnist for The Spectator Australia. In June 2000, he was the New South Wales Human Rights Orator, as well as the B'nai B'rith Human Rights Orator in Sydney and Melbourne. He is a visiting guest lecturer in literature at major Australian universities and a regular lecturer and speaker on matters of literature, racism, and human rights.
He is a past President of the Anti-Defamation Unit of B'nai B'rith, is a member of think-tanks the Sydney Institute and the Centre for Independent Studies, and has been a board member of the international writers' centre, Varuna, the Vice President of the human rights program Courage to Care, and the literary co-ordinator of the New South Wales University Shalom College's Festival, Limmud Oz. He is a visiting scholar to the Melbourne Limmud Oz.
Gold is published by Simon & Schuster in America, Canada, and Australasia; HarperCollins in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand; Penguin Group/New American Library in the United States; Editoriale ViaMagna in Spain; and Edition Michel LaFon in France. His books deal extensively with major historical themes from numerous time periods, as well as recreating fabulous women whose lives have been lost to history, such as Gráinne O'Malley and Jezebel.
Bloodline is the first of the Heritage Trilogy co-written with Mike Jones. Bloodline charts the path from biblical Israel throughout the ages to modern-day Israel. Tracing two related families, the book examines the conflict in the Middle East. The book has QR codes embedded throughout the printed version link the reader to additional information.
He is married with three children and lives in Sydney, Australia.
|1975||The Pregnant Father (co-authored with Graham Austin)||Fontana||ISBN 0006341470|
|1993||The Jericho Files||Harper Collins||ISBN 0732249945|
|1994||The Lost Testament||ISBN 0732250773|
|1995||The Final Candidate||ISBN 0732251788|
|The White Buffalo||Design Originals||ISBN 1574210033|
|1997||Pride in the Dust (co-authored with Sally Harrison & Don Weller}||Weller Institute||ISBN 0916873536|
|1998||The Marmara Contract||Harper Collins||ISBN 0732259916|
|The Gift of Evil||ISBN 0732256534|
|Berlin Song||ISBN 0732265851|
|2003||The Pirate Queen||ISBN 0732268281|
|2005||Warrior Queen: The Story of Boudica, Celtic Queen||New American Library||ISBN 0451215257|
|2007||True Faith||Berkley Prime Crime||ISBN 0425208567|
|2013||Bloodline||Simon & Schuster||ISBN 9781922052834|
|Bell of the Desert||Yucca Publishing||ISBN 9781631580079|
|2015||Birthright||Atria Publishing Group||ISBN 9781476759869|
|Bat Out of Hell||Yucca Publishing||ISBN 9781631580628|
|2016||The Mechanic||ISBN 9781631580857|
|Redemption: Three Thousand Years of Rulers, Religion, Power, Politics, Corruption, and a City Named Jerusalem||CreateSpace||ISBN 9781537145525|
|2018||The Pretender's lady||Skyhorse Publishing||ISBN 1510732829|
Essays and columns
- Gold, Alan (4 January 2014). "Diary". The Spectator Australia. 324 (9671): v.
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