John Spurling

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Born in Kisumu in 1936, and brought up in Nairobi, John came to England aged 10. Two years later he wrote and produced his first play - a schoolboy farce about Julius Caesar's fictitious third landing in Britain.

After National Service in the Royal Artillery, and studying Law at St. John's College, Oxford, in 1960 John helped organise a United Nations plebiscite in the then Southern Cameroons, now part of the Cameroun Republic.

In 1963 he joined the BBC as a radio announcer, where he stayed until he received a two-year grant from a group of West End theatre managers to write plays. This resulted in MacRune's Guevara, performed by the National Theatre in 1969 and recently revived off-Broadway.

John has been a freelance writer since 1966, review
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A Mirror for Monkeys

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After Zenda

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A Book of Liszts: Variation...

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Graham Greene

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Heresy

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The ragged end

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Stories From A Book Of Liszts

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British Empire: A Play

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More books by John Spurling…
“I used to be rather like you,' the doctor said vaguely, looking somewhat bored, ' All misery is invented.' After a moment he turned back to Boris and smiled. "Happiness, too, I daresay.”
John Spurling, The Hill Station

“It's an illusion to think that a choice is open to us, unless we are open to that choice.”
John Spurling, The Ten Thousand Things

“We educated people make a great display of humility when we meet, trying to get the better of each other in unimportance. It is usually only a formality, of course, a polite mask for our feelings of superiority.”
John Spurling

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