Paul Ableman

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Paul Victor Ableman (13 June 1927 – 25 October 2006) was an English playwright and novelist. He was the writer of much erotic fiction and novelisations, and a freelance writer who turned his hand to non-fiction.

Life and career[edit]

Ableman was born in Leeds, Yorkshire to a Jewish family. He was the son of Jack Ableman, a trouser cutter at a tailoring factory, and Gertrude (née Gould), an actress and writer. [1] Following his parents' divorce, he lived with his mother and stepfather, Thurston B. Macauley, a journalist (sometime London correspondent for The New York Times)[2] in New York. After National Service in the Education Corps based in Gibraltar, he read English at King's College, London, but did not take a degree.[3][1]

His experimental novel, I Hear Voices, was published in 1958 by the Olympia Press, and his plays include Green Julia (1966), a witty two-hander in which two young men discuss an absent mistress, and Tests (1966), which collects surreal playlets written for Peter Brook's Theatre of Cruelty.[4]

Ableman lived in Hampstead, London in the United Kingdom. He was married twice: first to Tina Carrs-Brown in 1958- they had one son, then divorced; then to Sheila Hutton-Fox in 1978 until his death in 2006- they had one son.

Ableman was of Russian ancestry on his father's side and German on his mother's side.


  • I Hear Voices (1958)
  • As Near As I Can Get (1962)
  • Vac (1968)
  • The Twilight of the Vilp (1969)
  • Bits: Some Prose Poems (1969, poems)
  • The Mouth and Oral Sex (1969, psychology)
  • Tornado Pratt (1978, novel)
  • Porridge: The Inside Story (1979)
  • A Killing on the Exchange (1979, novelization of his own miniseries teleplays)
  • Shoestring (1979)
  • Shoestring's Finest Hour (1980)
  • County Hall (1982, novel)
  • The Doomed Rebellion (1983)
  • Hi De Hi: The Novel (1983)
  • Straight Up: The Autobiography of Arthur Daley (1991)
  • Waiting for God (1994)


  • Green Julia (1966)
  • Tests (playlets) (1966)
  • Blue Comedy: Madly in Love, Hawk's Night (1968)


  1. ^ a b Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, vol. 2, R. Reginald, 1979, pg 789
  2. ^ "Thurston B. Macauley, A Former Times Correspondent, 95". 28 May 1997. Retrieved 20 August 2020 – via
  3. ^ "Paul Ableman". The Independent. 31 October 2006. Archived from the original on 25 May 2022. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  4. ^ The Oxford Companion to English Literature, 6th Edition. Edited by Margaret Drabble, Oxford University Press, 2000 p.2

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