Jim Williams (author)
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|Born||1947 (age 69–70)
Oldham, Lancashire, England
|Pen name||Richard Hugo, Alexander Mollin|
|Occupation||Author, lawyer, commercial consultant|
|Genre||Crime, Non-fiction, Historical romance, Thrillers|
Jim Williams (born 1947) is the given name of the British lawyer, commercial consultant and writer, who has also written under the pen names Richard Hugo (not to be confused with an American author of the same name) and Alexander Mollin.
Born and brought up in Oldham, Lancashire, England, Williams graduated in Law and Sociology at Durham University, was called to the bar in 1970. He practiced law for a number of years before changing to a career of legal and commercial work in the construction industry. He is married with three children.
His work as an author falls under four categories:
- Crime stories as Jim Williams
- Non-fiction as Jim Williams
- A single historical romance as Alexander Mollin
- Thrillers as Richard Hugo
Williams came to public attention when his first novel, The Hitler Diaries, was published nine months before the famous Hitler Diaries forgery scandal, and he seemed again prophetic when Farewell to Russia, a novel about a nuclear accident in the USSR, was completed four months before the Chernobyl Disaster. Lara's Child was the subject of an international literary scandal in 1994 because its subject was a sequel to Doctor Zhivago.
Scherzo was nominated for the Booker Prize. Frances Fyfield called it "Sparkling and utterly charming". How to be a Charlatan is winner of the IAC Prize and was commended by Nick Webb (author of A Dictionary of Bullshit) as "Appalling and immoral. How wonderful!"
Jim Williams has been translated into six languages.
Jim Williams - Novels
- Jim Williams (2011). The English Lady Murderers' Society (1st ed.). Quartet Books. ISBN 978-0-7043-7251-1.
- Jim Williams (2009). The Argentinian Virgin (1st ed.). Quartet Books. ISBN 978-0-7043-7180-4.
- Jim Williams (2001). The Strange Death of a Romantic (1st ed.). Scribner. ISBN 978-0-7432-0838-3.
- Jim Williams (1999). Recherché: A Tale of Memories and Murder (1st ed.). Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-684-86039-8.
- Jim Williams (1998). Scherzo: A Venetian Entertainment (1st ed.). Touchstone Books. ISBN 978-0-684-81996-9. (Nominated for the Booker Prize)
Jim Williams - Non-fiction
- Jim Williams (2008). How to be a Charlatan and Make Millions (1st ed.). Authors OnLine. ISBN 978-0-7552-1098-5. (Winner of the IAC Prize)
- Jim Williams (2007). A Message to the Children (1st ed.). Authors OnLine. ISBN 978-0-7552-1065-7.
Alexander Mollin - Novels
Richard Hugo - Novels
- Richard Hugo (1989). Conspiracy of Mirrors. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-333-49263-5.
- Richard Hugo (1987). Farewell to Russia. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-333-43205-1.
- Richard Hugo (1984). Last Judgment. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-333-37612-6.
- Richard Hugo (1982). The Hitler Diaries. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-333-33620-5.
- Mellor, Bill (1 May 1983). "Dear Adolf: We've found the author". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 September 2011.