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John Blackburn


(John Fenwick Blackburn)
UK flag (1923 - 1993)

John Blackburn was born in 1923 in the village of Corbridge, England, the second son of a clergyman. Blackburn attended Haileybury College near London beginning in 1937, but his education was interrupted by the onset of World War II; the shadow of the war, and that of Nazi Germany, would later play a role in many of his works. He served as a radio officer during the war in the Mercantile Marine from 1942 to 1945, and resumed his education afterwards at Durham University, earning his bachelors degree in 1949. Blackburn taught for several years after that, first in London­ and then in Berlin, and married Joan Mary Clift in 1950. Returning to London in 1952, he took over the management of Red Lion Books.
 
Novels
   A Scent of New-Mown Hay (1958)
     aka The Reluctant Spy
   A Sour Apple-Tree (1958)
   Broken Boy (1959)
   Blue Octavo (1963)
     aka Bound to Kill
   Colonel Bogus (1964)
     aka Packed for Murder
   The Winds of Midnight (1964)
     aka Murder at Midnight
   Children of the Night (1966)
   A Ring of Roses (1966)
     aka A Wreath of Roses
   The Flame and the Wind (1967)
   The Gaunt Woman (1967)
   Nothing But the Night (1968)
   The Young Man from Lima (1968)
   Bury Him Darkly (1969)
   Blow the House Down (1970)
   The Household Traitors (1971)
   For Fear of Little Men (1972)
   Devil Daddy (1972)
   Our Lady of Pain (1974)
   Mister Brown's Bodies (1975)
   The Face of the Lion (1976)
   The Cyclops Goblet (1977)
   Dead Man's Handle (1978)
   The Sins of the Father (1979)
   A Beastly Business (1982)
   A Book of the Dead (1984)
   The Bad Penny (1985)
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Anthologies containing stories by John Blackburn
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Short stories
Drink to Me Only
Dad (1976)
The Final Trick (1976)
Jenny Cut-Throat (1976)