Mervyn Jones (writer)

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Mervyn Jones
Born 27 February 1922
Regent's Park, London
Died 23 February 2010
Occupation Writer
Nationality English
Citizenship British
Education Abbotsholme School
Alma mater New York University
Notable works John and Mary, Holding On, Today The Struggle
Spouse Jeanne Urquhart (1948–1990)
Children Conrad Jones, Marian Jones and Jaqueline Jones
Relatives Ernest Jones (father)

Mervyn Jones (27 February 1922 – 23 February 2010[1]) was a British novelist, journalist and biographer, the son of psychoanalyst Ernest Jones.[2]

Literary credits[edit]

Mervyn Jones wrote 29 novels (five unpublished),[3] including John and Mary (1966), the basis for the 1969 film,[4] and Holding On (1973), which was adapted for television in 1977.[5]

Jones also wrote non-fiction, reportage and biography, including a fictional biography of Joseph Stalin in 1970 and a biography of his friend Michael Foot, the former Labour Party leader, in 1994.[6] A former Communist, Jones wrote for the Daily Worker, and later the New Reasoner and Tribune; he was later assistant editor at the New Statesman.[7]

Selected Works[edit]

Fiction[edit]

  • No Time To Be Young (1952)
  • The New Town (1953)
  • Helen Blake (1955)
  • On the Last Day (1958)
  • A Set of Wives (1965)
  • John and Mary (1966)
  • A Survivor (1968)
  • Joseph (1970)
  • Mr Armitage Isn't Back Yet (1971)
  • Holding On (1973; new edition by Eland in 2009)
  • The Revolving Door (1973)
  • Strangers (1974)
  • Lord Richard's Passion (1974)
  • Twilight of the Day (1975)
  • The Pursuit of Happiness (1975)
  • Scenes From Bourgeois Life (1976)
  • Nobody's Fault (1977)
  • Today The Struggle (1978)
  • The Beautiful Words (1979)
  • A Short Time To Live (1980)
  • Two Women and Their Man (1982)
  • Joanna's Luck (1984)
  • Coming Home (1986)
  • That Year In Paris (1988)

Non-fiction[edit]

  • Guilty Men (1957) [with Michael Foot]
  • Big Two: Life In America and Russia (1962) [aka The Antagonists]
  • Two Ears of Corn - Oxfam in Action (1965) [aka In Famine's Shadow - a Private War on Hunger]
  • Kingsley Martin: Portrait and Self-portrait (1969) [Ed.]
  • Rhodesia: The White Judges's Burden (1972)
  • Life On The Dole (1972)
  • Privacy (1974)
  • The Oil Rush (1976)
  • Chances: An Autobiography (1987)
  • A Radical Life: The Biography of Megan Lloyd George (1991)
  • Michael Foot (1994)
  • The Amazing Victorian: A Life of George Meredith (1999)

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