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'''Brian Moore''' ([[Christian name]] pronounced ''Bree-an'') ([[25 August]] [[1921]] – [[11 January]] [[1999]]) was an Irish novelist. He was acclaimed for his descriptions of life in [[Northern Ireland]] in the post-war era, in particular his explorations of the intercommunal divisions of [[The Troubles]]. Moore was also admired for his insight into female psychology, with women as the central narrative character in several of his books.
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Moore was awarded the [[James Tait Black Memorial Prize]] in 1975 and the inaugural [[Sunday Express Book of the Year]] award in 1987, and was shortlisted for the [[Booker Prize]] three times. Moore also wrote [[screenplay]]s and several of his books were made into films.
Moore was born and grew up in [[Belfast, Northern Ireland|Belfast]], [[Northern Ireland]].
His father, a surgeon, was pro-Axis during [[World War II]], although Moore himself was a volunteer air raid warden during the bombing of Belfast by the [[Luftwaffe]]. He also served as a civilian with the [[British army]] in North Africa, Italy and France.
Moore had grown up in a large [[Roman Catholic]] family of nine children, but rejected that faith early in life. Some of his novels feature staunchly anti-doctrinaire and anti-clerical themes, and he in particular spoke strongly about the effect of the Church on life in Ireland. A recurring theme in his novels is the concept of the Catholic priesthood. On several occasions he explores the idea of a priest losing his faith. These works were criticized by his sister, who was herself a Roman Catholic nun.
His earliest novels were [[thrillers]], published under his own name and the pseudonyms Bernard Mara and Michael Bryan.<ref>Denis Sampson. ''Brian Moore: The Chameleon Novelist.'' Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 1998. p. i.</ref> Moore's first novel outside the genre, ''[[The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne| Judith Hearne]]'', remains among his most highly regarded. It was made into a film, with Dame [[Maggie Smith]] playing the lonely spinster who is the book/film's title character. Several other Moore novels were made into adapted for the screen, including ''Intent to Kill'' (1958), ''The Luck of Ginger Coffey'', ''Catholics'', ''Black Robe'', ''Cold Heaven'', and ''[[The Statement]]''. He also wrote the screenplay for [[Alfred Hitchcock's]] ''[[Torn Curtain]]'' and ''The Blood of Others'', based on the novel ''Le Sang des autres'' by [[Simone de Beauvoir]].
Brian Moore died in 1999 at his home in [[Malibu, California|Malibu]], [[California]], aged 77, of [[pulmonary fibrosis]]. He had been working on a novel about the 19th-century French symbolist poet [[Arthur Rimbaud]]. []
Moore's archives, which includes unfilmed screenplays, drafts of various novels, working notes, a 42 volume journal (1957-1998), and his correspondence, are now at The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas. []
Moore has been the subject of two biographies, ''Brian Moore: The Chameleon Novelist'' (1998) by Denis Sampson and ''Brian Moore: A Biography'' (2002) by Patricia Craig.
*''[[Wreath for a Redhead]]'' ([[1951 in literature|1951]]) (U.S. title: ''Sailor's Leave'')
*''[[The Executioners (Brian Moore novel)|The Executioners]]'' ([[1951 in literature|1951]])
*''[[French for Murder]]'' ([[1954 in literature|1954]]) (as Bernard Mara)
*''[[A Bullet for My Lady]]'' ([[1955 in literature|1955]]) (as Bernard Mara) [[]]
*''[[Judith Hearne]]'' ([[1955 in literature|1955]]) (reprinted as ''The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne'')
*''[[This Gun for Gloria]]'' ([[1957 in literature|1957]]) (as Bernard Mara)
*''[[Intent to Kill]]'' ([[1957 in literature|1957]]) (as Michael Bryan)
*''[[The Feast Of Lupercal]]'' ([[1957 in literature|1957]]) (reprinted as ''A Moment of Love'')
*''[[Murder in Majorca]]'' ([[1957 in literature|1957]]) (as Michael Bryan)
*''[[The Luck of Ginger Coffey (novel)|The Luck of Ginger Coffey]]'' ([[1960 in literature|1960]])
*''[[An Answer From Limbo]]'' ([[1962 in literature|1962]])
*''[[The Emperor Of Ice-Cream]]'' ([[1965 in literature|1965]])
*''[[I Am Mary Dunne]]'' ([[1968 in literature|1968]])
*''[[Fergus (novel)|Fergus]]'' ([[1970 in literature|1970]])
*''[[The Revolution Script]]'' ([[1971 in literature|1971]])
*''[[Catholics (novel)|Catholics]]'' ([[1972 in literature|1972]])
*''[[The Great Victorian Collection]]'' ([[1975 in literature|1975]], winner of the [[James Tait Black Memorial Prize]])
*''[[The Doctor's Wife (Brian Moore novel)|The Doctor's Wife]]'' ([[1976 in literature|1976]])
*''[[The Mangan Inheritance]]'' ([[1979 in literature|1979]])
*''[[The Temptation of Eileen Hughes]]'' ([[1981 in literature|1981]])
*''[[Cold Heaven (novel)|Cold Heaven]]'' ([[1983 in literature|1983]])
*''[[Black Robe (book)|Black Robe]]'' ([[1985 in literature|1985]])
*''[[The Colour of Blood]]'' ([[1987 in literature|1987]], winner of the [[Sunday Express Book of the Year]])
*''[[Lies of Silence]]'' ([[1990 in literature|1990]])
*''[[No Other Life]]'' ([[1993 in literature|1993]])
*''[[The Statement (novel)|The Statement]]'' ([[1996 in literature|1996]])
*''[[The Magician's Wife]]'' ([[1998 in literature|1998]])
*''Canada'' ([[1963 in literature|1963]])
==External links==
*[ Obituary from the BBC]
*[ Brian Moore's] entry in [ The Canadian Encyclopedia]
*[ Review of his work from Channel 4]
* {{WiredForBooks|brianmoore|1990 interview with Brian Moore|by [[Don Swaim]]}}
*[ L.A. Weekly obit]
*[ An Irishman in Malibu: Profile from Los Angeles Times Magazine]
==See also==
*[[List of Northern Irish writers]]
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