Paul Ableman

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Paul 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.

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.[1]

Ableman was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, into a Jewish family, and brought up mainly in New York. He settled in Hampstead, London in the United Kingdom. His father was a tailor and his mother was a small-time actress. Ableman was married twice, first to Tina Carrs-Brown in 1958, they had one son, then divorced; then to Sheila Hutton-Fox in 1978, they had one son, she was married to Paul until his death in 2006.

Ableman was of Jewish ancestry, Russian on his paternal side and German on his maternal 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)
  • Shoestring (1979)
  • Shoestring's Finest Hour (1980)
  • County Hall (1982, novel)
  • The Doomed Rebellion (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. ^ The Oxford Companion to English Literature, 6th Edition. Edited by Margaret Drabble, Oxford University Press, 2000 p.2

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