Cradle of Writers by Patrick Humphries - a book celebrating authors who are all alumni of Dulwich College, south London: AEW Mason's The Four Feathers has been filmed a record seven times; PG Wodehouse remains the pre-eminent writer of comic prose; Raymond Chandler created the archetypal private eye, Philip Marlowe; Dennis Wheatley's thrillers sold in large numbers; and CS Forester conceived Hornblower and wrote the Oscar-winning The African Queen. The afterword by Dr Spence, Master at Dulwich College, reflects on extant OA novelists, including Michael Ondaatje, Graham Swift, Tom McCarthy and Tom Rob Smith.
Cradle of Writers is the third book in a series of books to celebrate Dulwich College’s quatercentenary (view the full series, here https://shop.dulwich.org.uk/store/product/18303/DULWICH-COLLEGE-BOOK-BUNDLE/ )
Patrick Humphries attended Dulwich College between 1963-69. During the last century, Patrick was employed as a ‘hip young gunslinger’ on New Musical Express (NME), and has been a professional writer ever since, writing more than 20 books. In addition to contributing to the music press and national newspapers, he has also made programmes for BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4.