John Griffith Bowen

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John Griffith Bowen (born 5 November 1924) is a British playwright and novelist. [1] He was born in Calcutta, India, studied at the University of Oxford (at Pembroke College and St Antony's College[2]) and worked in publishing, drama and television.

Selected Bibliography[edit]


Bowen started writing books in the mid-1950s.

  • The Truth Will Not Help Us: Embroidery on an Historical Theme. London, Chatto and Windus, 1956.
  • After the Rain. London, Faber, 1958; New York, Ballantine, 1959. A review can be found here
  • The Centre of the Green. London, Faber, 1959; New York, McDowellObolensky, 1960.
  • Storyboard. London, Faber, 1960. A review & cover text can be found here
  • The Birdcage. London, Faber, and New York, Harper, 1962. A review can be found here
  • A World Elsewhere. London, Faber, 1965; New York, CowardMcCann, 1967.
  • Squeak (1983)
  • The McGuffin (1984)
  • The Girls: A Story of Village Life. London, Hamish Hamilton, 1986;New York, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1987.
  • Fighting Back. London, Hamish Hamilton, 1989.
  • The Precious Gift. London, Sinclair Stevenson, 1992.
  • No Retreat. London, Sinclair Stevenson, 1994.


In the mid-1960s Bowen switched to writing plays for theatre and television.


  1. ^ Tim Woods (2001) "Who's Who of Twentieth Century Novelists", ISBN 0-415-16506-7
  2. ^ "Bowen, John Griffith". Who's Who 2009. Oxford University Press. December 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 

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