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James Kennaway

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Occupation  Writer
Education  Glenalmond College
Role  Novelist
Name  James Kennaway
Years active  1945-1968

Born  5 June 1928 (1928-06-05) Auchterarder, Scotland
Died  December 21, 1968, England, United Kingdom
Books  Bad Vibrations, Some Gorgeous Accident
Nominations  Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, BAFTA Award for Best British Screenplay
Movies  Tunes of Glory, Battle of Britain, The Shoes of the Fisherman, Country Dance, The Dollar Bottom
Similar People  Ronald Neame, Susannah York, Guy Hamilton, Michael Anderson, John Patrick

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James Kennaway (5 June 1928 – 21 December 1968) was a Scottish novelist and screenwriter. He was born in Auchterarder in Perthshire and attended Glenalmond College.


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His best known novel was his first, Tunes of Glory (1956), which was turned into a well-known film of the same name starring Alec Guinness and John Mills. It was a realistic work, set in the army just after the Second World War, and drawing to some extent on Kennaway's own experiences. This was not typical of his later output, some of which was more experimental in nature.

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His other works were Household Ghosts (1961), The Mindbenders (1963), The Bells of Shoreditch (1963), Some Gorgeous Accident (1967), The Cost of Living like This (1969) and Silence (1972) - the final two works were posthumous. Household Ghosts was adapted as a feature film entitled Country Dance, while a short story, The Dollar Bottom, was adapted as a short film, winning an Academy Award in 1981.

James Kennaway Some Gorgeous Accident Edinburgh 2010 Inside Intelligence

A stage adaptation of Some Gorgeous Accident was presented at the Assembly Rooms as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2010.

He was also a successful screenwriter. His films include Violent Playground (1958), Tunes of Glory (1960), The Mind Benders (1963) and Battle of Britain (1969).

Kennaway died of a heart attack while driving home to Lechlade, Gloucestershire from London at the age of 40.


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