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Bestselling author James Barlow was born in 1921 and educated in Leamington Spa, Stoke-on-Trent and North wales. He became a gunnery instructor in the R.A.F. in 1940, but the following year he underwent prolonged treatment for tuberculosis and took to writing technical articles for Flight and Aeroplane.

He became a regular contributor for the magazine Punch in 1948 and in 1956 published his first novel, The Protagonists, to much critical acclaim in both the UK and US. He wrote two further novels, The Man with Good Intentions and One Half of the World before hitting the big time with The Patriots.

Barlow's 1968 novel, The Burden of Proof, was made into a successful film (retitledVillain) starring the late Richard Burton. In 1962, Term of Trial was turned into a film starring Laurence Olivier (whose performance received a BAFTA nomination), Simone Signoret, Thora Hird and Terence Stamp. The television adaptation of his third novel, The Man with Good Intentions, starred Francesca Annis. In 1972, Barlow won an award from Pan Publishers for Liner.

Some of James Barlow's books:

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