Piers Paul Read





Piers Paul Read

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in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, The United Kingdom
March 07, 1941

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British novelist and non-fiction writer. Educated at the Benedictines' Ampleforth College, and subsequently entered St John's College, University of Cambridge where he received his BA and MA (history). Artist-in-Residence at the Ford Foundation in Berlin (1963-4), Harkness Fellow, Commonwealth Fund, New York (1967-8), member of the Council of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (1971-5), member of the Literature Panel at the Arts Council, (1975-7), and Adjunct Professor of Writing, Columbia University, New York (1980). From 1992-7 he was Chairman of the Catholic Writers' Guild. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (FRSL).

His most well-known work is the non-fiction Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors (1974), an account of the
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Alive: The Story of the And...
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 34,233 ratings — published 1974 — 36 editions
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Templars: The Dramatic Hist...
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The Death of a Pope
3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 150 ratings — published 2009 — 7 editions
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Alice in Exile
3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 124 ratings — published 2001 — 10 editions
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The Dreyfus Affair: The Sca...
3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 108 ratings — published 2012 — 6 editions
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Ablaze: The Story of the He...
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 75 ratings — published 1993 — 5 editions
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The Misogynist
3.3 of 5 stars 3.30 avg rating — 69 ratings — published 2010 — 3 editions
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A Married Man
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 52 ratings — published 1979 — 5 editions
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Alec Guinness: The Authoris...
3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 44 ratings — published 2003 — 5 editions
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On The Third Day
3.24 of 5 stars 3.24 avg rating — 33 ratings — published 1990 — 4 editions
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