Gavin Lyall


Born
in Birmingham, The United Kingdom
May 09, 1932

Died
January 18, 2003

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Gavin was born and educated in Birmingham. For two years he served as a RAF pilot before going up to Cambridge, where he edited Varsity, the university newspaper. After working for Picture Post, the Sunday Graphic and the BBC, he began his first novel, The Wrong Side of the Sky, published in 1961. After four years as Air Correspondent to the Sunday Times, he resigned to write books full time. He was married to the well-known journalist Katherine Whitehorn and they lived in London with their children.

Lyall won the British Crime Writers' Association's Silver Dagger award in both 1964 and 1965. In 1966-67 he was Chairman of the British Crime Writers Association. He was not a prolific author, attributing his slow pace to obsession with technic
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The Most Dangerous Game

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Midnight Plus One

3.97 avg rating — 183 ratings — published 1965 — 15 editions
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The Wrong Side Of The Sky

4.06 avg rating — 151 ratings — published 1961 — 15 editions
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The Secret Servant

3.91 avg rating — 140 ratings — published 1980 — 9 editions
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Shooting Script

3.82 avg rating — 117 ratings — published 1966 — 10 editions
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The Conduct Of Major Maxim

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Venus With Pistol

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The Crocus List

3.81 avg rating — 98 ratings — published 1986 — 10 editions
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Uncle Target

3.89 avg rating — 95 ratings — published 1988 — 9 editions
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Judas Country

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“You never know about the deaths you didn't die: the mountain peaks you missed, the collisions that didn't happen. It's a warm, cosy feeling. It's the way the airlines fly.”
Gavin Lyall, The Most Dangerous Game
tags: death

“The whole damn thing started when they gave women the vote.”
Gavin Lyall, The Most Dangerous Game
tags: women

“One of these days I would give Pratt and Whitney back this engine and they could send it round airports as an advertisement, wearing a little brass plate reading This engine actually worked in this condition thus enabling Bill Cary to work in his condition. If you, too, are an idiot, P & W engines may save you from yourself.”
Gavin Lyall
tags: engine

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