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His Own Executioner: The Life of Nigel Balchin Paperback – 1 Sep 2015

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: SilverWood Books Ltd (1 Sept. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781323917
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781323915
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 869,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nigel Balchin looked like a film star, designed the Black Magic box and wrote some of the greatest novels of the Forties, including the classic The Small Back Room, which was translated to the screen by no less than Powell and Pressburger. Yet few remember him as well as they do his contemporaries Graham Greene and Eric Ambler. Derek Collett states that his aim is to resurrect this brilliant and troubled man from history's amnesia and here's hoping this riveting and revealing biography will place him back where he belongs, on the bookshelves of immortality. --Cathi Unsworth, author of 'Without The Moon'

About the Author

Derek Collett was born on the western fringes of London in 1965. He was brought up in Oxfordshire and still lives in the county today. Educated at his local comprehensive and at Southampton University, he obtained a degree in Chemistry and has worked in scientific, technical and medical publishing for almost 30 years, latterly in a freelance capacity.; Derek read his first Nigel Balchin novel, The Small Back Room, in 1991 and has been obsessively reading and re-reading the author's works ever since. In recent years he has used his love of Balchin's fiction as the springboard to launch a new career for himself as a literary writer and 'His Own Executioner: The Life of Nigel Balchin' represents the first significant fruit of those labours.

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