His Own Executioner: The Life of Nigel Balchin

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His Own Executioner: The Life of Nigel Balchin

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Author :   Derek Collett
Publisher :   SilverWood Books Ltd
Published :   01/09/2015
ISBN :   9781781323915
Format :   Paperback
Pages :   455 , 8 unnumbered of plates
Size (mm) :   198x129x32
Weight (g) :   456

Hailed by John Betjeman as 'one of our dozen readable living writers of genius', Nigel Balchin was one of the best-known English novelists of the Second World War generation: few writers so tangibly convey the excitement and terror of Blitz-era Britain....   Read more
Hailed by John Betjeman as 'one of our dozen readable living writers of genius', Nigel Balchin was one of the best-known English novelists of the Second World War generation: few writers so tangibly convey the excitement and terror of Blitz-era Britain. Little wonder that Balchin's books, among them 'Mine Own Executioner' and 'The Small Back Room', were seized upon by film-makers of the calibre of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Never previously the subject of a biography, Balchin was not only a brilliant novelist and BAFTA-winning screenwriter, he was also largely responsible for the success of Black Magic chocolates. Yet his alcoholism and tormented love life ensured that his writing became increasingly uneven.