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.
- Gold, Alan (1993). The Jericho files. Pymble, NSW: Harper Collins.
- The Lost Testament (1994)
- The Final Candidate (1995)
- The Bangkok Assignment (1997)
- The Gift of Evil (1998)
- The Marmara Contract (1998)
- Berlin Song (1999)
- Jezebel (2001)
- The Pirate Queen (2003)
- Warrior Queen (2005)
- Bell of the Desert (2012)
- Bloodline (2013)
- Stateless (2014)
- Birthright (2015)
- Bat Out of Hell (2015)
- The Pretender's Lady (2015)
- The Mechanic (2016)
Essays and columns
- Gold, Alan (4 January 2014). "Diary". The Spectator Australia. 324 (9671): v.
- Growing internet dependence sapping our life skills