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5 June 1928|
|Died||21 December 1968
His best known novel was his first, Tunes of Glory (1956), which was turned into a well-known film of the same name starring Alec Guinness and John Mills. It was a realistic work, set in the army just after the Second World War, and drawing to some extent on Kennaway's own experiences. This was not typical of his later output, some of which was more experimental in nature.
His other works were Household Ghosts (1961), The Mindbenders (1963), The Bells of Shoreditch (1963), Some Gorgeous Accident (1967), The Cost of Living like This (1969) and Silence (1972) - the final two works were posthumous. Household Ghosts was adapted as a feature film entitled Country Dance, while a short story, The Dollar Bottom, was adapted as a short film, winning an Academy Award in 1981.
- Susan Kennaway, The Kennaway Papers (Jonathan Cape) 1981 ISBN 0-224-01865-5
- Trevor Royle, James & Jim, A Biography of James Kennaway (Mainstream Publishing) 1983 ISBN 0-906391-46-6