Jim Williams (author)

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Jim Williams
Born 1947 (age 69–70)
Oldham, Lancashire, England
Pen name Richard Hugo, Alexander Mollin
Occupation Author, lawyer, commercial consultant
Language English
Nationality British
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[1] (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:

Writing career[edit]

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' books have received positive reviews in The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian and The Evening Standard.

Jim Williams has been translated into six languages.


Jim Williams - Novels[edit]

Jim Williams - Non-fiction[edit]

Alexander Mollin - Novels[edit]

Richard Hugo - Novels[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Mellor, Bill (1 May 1983). "Dear Adolf: We've found the author". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 September 2011.