Andrew Sinclair

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Andrew Annandale Sinclair (born 1935) is a British novelist, historian, biographer, critic and filmmaker. He was a founding member of Churchill College, Cambridge.

Biography[edit]

Born in Oxford, England, Sinclair undertook his National Service with the Coldstream Guards and wrote a novel and later a screenplay based on the experience, called The Breaking of Bumbo (1959).[citation needed]

Sinclair directed the film, now regarded as a classic, of Under Milk Wood. His book The Better Half: The Emancipation of the American Woman won the Somerset Maugham Prize in 1967.[1] His biographies have covered a wide variety of famous people: Che Guevara, Dylan Thomas, Jack London, John Ford, J Pierpont Morgan and Francis Bacon. Sinclair is married to the writer and socialite Sonia Melchett.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1972.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Andrew Sinclair married firstly Marianne Alexandre in 1960 (later divorced) and had one son Timon Alexandre Sinclair; secondly Miranda Seymour, daughter of George Fitzroy Seymour (cadet branch of Marquess of Hertford and Duke of Somerset of Thrumpton Hall) and Rosemary Nest Scott-Ellis, daughter of Thomas Evelyn Scott-Ellis, 8th Baron Howard de Walden (1880–1946), on 17 October 1972 (marriage dissolved 6 June 1984) and had one son Merlin George Sinclair; thirdly Sonia Melchett, widow of British Steel Corporation Chairman Julian Mond, 3rd Baron Melchett, on 25 July 1984, without issue.[citation needed]

Through his third marriage, Sinclair is the stepfather of Peter Mond, 4th Baron Melchett, politician and environmentalist, and Kerena Ann Mond and Pandora Mond.[citation needed]

Bibliography[edit]

Non-fiction
  • Prohibition: The Era of Excess (1962)
  • The Better Half: The Emancipation of the American Woman (1965)
  • A Concise History of the United States (1967, revised and updated 1999)
  • Viva Che!: The Strange Death and Life of Che Guevara (1968, re-released 2006, Sutton ISBN 0-7509-4310-6)
  • The Last of the Best: The Aristocracy of Europe in the Twentieth Century (1969)
  • Guevara (Fontana Modern Masters, 1970)
  • Dylan Thomas: Poet of His People (1975)
  • Jack: A Biography of Jack London (1977)
  • John Ford: a Biography (1979)
  • Corsair: The Life of J Pierpont Morgan (1981)
  • The Other Victoria (1985)
  • The Red and the Blue: Cambridge, Treason and Intelligence (1986)
  • War Like a Wasp: The Lost decade of the Forties (1989)

· "The Naked Savage" (1991, London: Sinclair-Stevenson)

  • Francis Bacon: His Life and Violent Times (1993)
  • Arts and Cultures: The History of the Fifty Years of the Arts Council in Great Britain (1996)
  • Great Britain (1996)
  • Death by Fame: A Life of Elisabeth Empress of Austria (1998)
  • Dylan the Bard: A Life of Dylan Thomas (1999, Constable; 2003, Robinson ISBN 1-84119-741-6)
Fiction
  • The Breaking of Bumbo. London, Faber, and New York, Simon and Schuster, 1959; Penguin edition 1961 (cover by George Adamson).
  • My Friend Judas. London, Faber, 1959; New York, Simon and Schuster, 1961.
  • The Project. London, Faber, and New York, Simon and Schuster, 1960.
  • The Hallelujah Bum. London, Faber, 1963; as The Paradise Bum, New York, Atheneum, 1963.
  • The Raker. London, Cape, and New York, Atheneum, 1964.
  • Gog. London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, and New York, Macmillan, 1967.
  • Magog. London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, and New York, Harper, 1972.
  • The Surrey Cat. London, Joseph, 1976; as Cat, London, Sphere, 1977.
  • A Patriot for Hire. London, Joseph, 1978.
  • The Facts in the Case of E.A. Poe. London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1979; New York, Holt Rinehart, 1980.
  • Beau Bumbo. London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1985.
  • King Ludd. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1988.
  • The Far Corners of the Earth. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1991.
  • The Strength of the Hills. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1992.
Uncollected short stories
  • "To Kill a Loris," in Texas Quarterly (Austin), Autumn 1961.
  • "A Head for Monsieur Dimanche," in Atlantic (Boston), September 1962.
  • "The Atomic Band," in Transatlantic Review 21 (London), Summer 1966.
  • "Twin," in The Best of Granta. London, Secker and Warburg, 1967.

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  2. ^ "Royal Society of Literature All Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Archived from the original on 5 March 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 

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