Gordon Williams

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This article is about the writer. For the lawyer, see Gordon Williams (lawyer). For the footballer, see Gordon Williams (footballer).
Gordon Williams
Born 1934 (age 80–81)
Paisley, Scotland
Occupation Writer

Gordon M. Williams (born 1934) is a Scottish author. Born in Paisley, he moved to London to work as a journalist. He has written for television and is the author of over twenty novels including From Scenes Like These (1969), shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1969, Walk Don't Walk (1972) and Big Morning Blues (1974). Other novels include The Camp (1966), The Man Who Had Power Over Women (1967) and The Upper Pleasure Garden (1970).

He ghosted the autobiographies of association footballers Bobby Moore, Terry Venables and manager Tommy Docherty.

In 1971, his novel The Siege of Trencher's Farm was controversially filmed as Straw Dogs. Sam Peckinpah's cinematic treatment marked a watershed in the depiction of sexual violence in the cinema though the most controversial scenes are absent from the book. Other film work includes The Man Who Had Power Over Women, from his own novel, and Tree of Hands, as scriptwriter from a Ruth Rendell novel. Williams also wrote the book of Ridley Scott's film The Duellists.

In 1976 film producer Harry Saltzman hired Williams to re-write the script for The Micronauts. Although the film was never made, Williams' novelization was published in 1977; he subsequently wrote two sequels.

While working as commercial manager of association football club Chelsea, he renewed his collaboration with Venables, resulting in four co-written novels. From the novels grew the 1978 TV series Hazell, which the pair co-wrote under the shared pseudonym P. B. Yuill. Under the name "Jack Lang", Williams also wrote paperbacks "for £300 a time".[1]

Williams declined Bill Forsyth's offer to write the script for the 1981 film Gregory's Girl.[1]


  • The Last Day of Lincoln Charles; London: Secker & Warburg, 1965; New York: Stein & Day, 1966
  • The Camp; London: Secker & Warburg, 1966; Allison & Busby, 1980
  • The Man Who Had Power Over Women; London: Secker & Warburg, 1967; New York: Stein & Day, 1967
  • The Hard Case (as Jack Lang); Mayflower, 1968
  • From Scenes Like These; New York: William Morrow, 1969; London: Allison & Busby, 1980 (in Growing up in the West, Canongate, 2003)
  • The Biter (as Jack Lang); Mayflower, 1968
  • The Siege of Trencher's Farm (filmed as Straw Dogs); London: Secker & Warburg, 1969; New York: William Morrow, 1969
  • The Upper Pleasure Garden; London: Secker & Warburg, 1970; New York: William Morrow, 1970
  • Walk Don't Walk; London: Quartet, 1973, Allison & Busby, 1980; New York: St Martin's Press, 1972
  • The Bornless Keeper (as P. B. Yuill); Macmillan, 1974
  • Big Morning Blues; London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1974
  • The Duellists (novelisation of Ridley Scott film based on screenplay by Gerald Vaughan-Hughes); London: Fontana, 1977
  • Pomeroy, an American Diplomat; London: Michael Joseph, 1983
With Terry Venables
  • They Used to Play on Grass; London: Odhams, 1972
  • Hazell Plays Solomon (as P. B. Yuill); Penguin, 1977
  • Hazell and the Three Card Trick (as P. B. Yuill); Penguin, 1977
  • Hazell and the Menacing Jester (as P. B. Yuill); Penguin, 1977
  • The Book of Soccer, edited by Bobby Moore;
  • Denis Law's Book of Soccer;
  • The Book of Soccer (Bobby Moore);
  • My Soccer Story by Bobby Moore (autobiography);
  • Thirteen Against the Bank, by Norman Leigh; Penguin, 1977
Science Fiction
  • The Micronauts: New English Library, 1977; Bantam Books, August 1977
  • The Microcolony: Bantam Books, 1979; U.K. title: Micronaut World; New English Library, June 1981
  • Revolt of the Micronauts: Bantam Books, 1981; New English Library, 1981
  • "The Horseshoe Inn", in Prevailing Spirits: A Book of Scottish Ghost Stories (Giles Gordon, ed.): Hamish Hamilton, 1976[2]


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