Lionel Davidson (Lionel Davidson)

Lionel Davidson

Author. A writer of mystery and adventure novels, he was a three-time recipient of the Golden Dagger Award from the Crime Writers Association for “The Night of Wenceslas” (1960), “A Long Way to Shiloh” (1966) and “The Chelsea Murders” (1978). He was born in Hull, Yorkshire, England to Lithuanian-Jewish parents. While a youth, he worked at The Spectator Magazine handling assorted office odd jobs. During World War II, he served in the Far East while with the Royal Navy. Upon his return, he advanced his career to freelance reporter and traveled extensively throughout Europe. His experiences in the places he visited would often form the backdrop to many of his future writings. His first novel “The Night of Wenceslas” was made into a 1964 motion picture adaptation titled “Hot Enough for June”. Among his other books include “The Rose of Tibet” (1962) and “The Sun Chemist” (1976). His later works include the children’s book “Under Plum Lake” (1980) and the thriller “Kolymsky Heights” (1994). Davidson died from lung cancer. (bio by: C.S.)


  • March, 31, 1922
  • England


  • October, 10, 2009
  • England


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