F. L. Green

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F.L. Green
Born Frederick Laurence Green
(1902-04-06)6 April 1902
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Died 14 April 1953(1953-04-14) (aged 51)
Bristol, England
Occupation Author, writer
Genre Fiction

Frederick Laurence Green[1] (1902–1953) was a British author who had 14 titles published between 1934 and 1952. He is best known for his 1945 novel, Odd Man Out, which was filmed by Carol Reed, also as Odd Man Out, in 1947.[2] The novel was also used as the basis of the 1969 Sidney Poitier movie The Lost Man (1969).

Born in Portsmouth, on 6 April 1902,[3] Green published his first novel, Julius Penton, in 1934. It was his second book, 1939's On the Night of the Fire, which made his name. On the Night of the Fire was also adapted for the screen in 1939 and directed by Brian Desmond Hurst.

In 1929 he married Irish-born Margaret Edwards, with whom he lived in Belfast from the mid-1930s. His last novel, Ambush for the Hunter, was published in 1952.

Green died in Bristol[4] on 14 April 1953.[5]


  • Julius Penton (John Murray, 1934)
  • On the Night of the Fire (Michael Joseph, 1939)
  • The Sound of Winter (Michael Joseph, 1940)
  • Give Us the World (Michael Joseph, 1941)
  • Music in the Park (Michael Joseph, 1942)
  • A Song for the Angels (Michael Joseph, 1943)
  • On the Edge of the Sea (Michael Joseph, 1944)
  • Odd Man Out (Michael Joseph, 1945)
  • A Flask for the Journey (Michael Joseph, 1946)
  • A Fragment of Glass (Michael Joseph, 1947)
  • Mist on the Waters (Michael Joseph, 1948)
  • Clouds in the Wind (Michael Joseph, 1950)
  • The Magician (Michael Joseph, 1951)
  • Ambush for the Hunter (Michael Joseph, 1952)


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Wapshott, Nicholas. The Man Between: A Biography of Carol Reed. London: Chatto & Windus. 1990. ISBN 0-7011-3353-8
  3. ^ Green, F. L. (1953). Biographical Questions / Correspondence with Doctoral Candidate Harsha Suvarna. Box 4, Folder 13, F. L. Green Papers, MS1990-16, John J. Burns Library, Boston College: unpublished. 
  4. ^ Kennedy, Diarmuid. "The legend who lived in lost Belfast", Belfast Telegraph, 5 April 2007
  5. ^ Who Was Who, Volume 5: 1951–1960. London: A&C Black Ltd. 1961.

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