John Arden, playwright and novelist, born 26 October 1930; died 28 March 2012. In 2009, produced a glorious collection of stories entitled Gallows and Other Tales of Suspicion and Obession, which mingles black comedy with melodrama to probe the underside of Irish and English history from the 17th century to the 21st.
He is the author of a variety of plays, including All Fall Down, which appeared in 1955, Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance (1959), Live Like Pigs, and The Non-Stop Connolly Show, co-authored and co-produced in 1975 with Margaretta D’Arcy. The Business Of Good Government (1960) was their first collaboration.
Silence Among the Weapons, his first novel, was short-listed for the Booker Prize. Cogs Tyrannic, a collection of short stories, received the PEN Short Story Prize and his story, ‘Breach of Trust,’ from the 2003 collection, The Stealing Steps, took the V.S.Pritchett Memorial Prize. Books of Bale: a fiction of history, appeared in 1988. He has also written drama for children, radio plays and work for television, including, with Margaretta D’Arcy in 1973, the documentary Sean O’Casey: Portrait of a Rebel
In order to make Gallows readily available to John Arden�s many admirers in Britain, Spokesman has ordered stock from the Irish publishers (Original Writing) for sale through its website.