Graham Lord is a British author whose most recent book, Lord of the Files
, is a collection of short stories, essays, travel articles and journalism to follow his previous book, Lordís Ladies and Gentlemen: 100 Legends of the 20th Century
, which describes more than a hundred writers, actors, politicians, sportsmen and other celebrated people whom he met during forty years as a journalist in Londonís Fleet Street.
His books have been translated into French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Russian and Chinese.
He was born in 1943 in Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, and schooled there although his childhood home was in Portuguese Mozambique. He took an honours degree in History at Cambridge, edited the university newspaper Varsity
and joined the Sunday Express
in London in 1965, where he spent 27 years, 23 of them as Literary Editor, writing a weekly column about books and interviewing almost every major English language author of the 1960s to 1990s, from P. G. Wodehouse and Graham Greene to Muriel Spark and Ruth Rendell. In 1987 he launched the £20,000 Sunday Express Book of the Year Award and after leaving the Sunday Express
in 1992 wrote regular literary, travel and opinion pieces for The Daily Telegraph, The Times
and the Daily Mail
. From 1994 to 1996 he edited the short story magazine Raconteur
His latest novel, Under a Hammock Moon
, is a comic love/adventure story set on a small Caribbean island similar to the one where he lived with his artist wife, Juliet. They also had a house in the South of France and an apartment in London. He had two daughters and two grandchildren in their 20s. Juliet has a son, a daughter and five grandchildren.
In 2014 Graham was diagnosed with liver cancer and finaly gave up his struggles at 9.20pm on Saturday June 13 2015 at The Trinity Hospice, Clapham. Juliet was with him till the end. He was cremated at Putney Vale Crematorium on Thursday July 9 at 2pm.
Photography - 1970 Sunday Express - 1974 Leonard Trievnor - 1992 Tony Weaver - 1996 Daily Mail - 2009 Bill Hart
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