Other Free Encyclopedias » Literature Reference: American Literature, English Literature, Classics & Modern Fiction » Encyclopedia of Literature: Bernard Gutteridge Biography to Hartshill Warwickshire

Arthur Hailey Biography

(1920–2004), Flight into Danger, Hotel, Airport, Wheels, The Moneychangers, Strong Medicine, The Evening News

set television

British-Canadian novelist, born in Luton, Bedforshire, he left school at fourteen to work as a clerk and emigrated to Canada in 1947 after serving in the RAF throughout the Second World War. He worked in commercial capacities until 1956, when he became a full-time writer, initially of television plays. Flight into Danger (1956), his first novel, drew its factual authenticity from Hailey's experiences as a pilot. The detailed documentary character of his best-known works results from meticulous research into the social and professional spheres in which they are set. Hotel (1965) was followed by Airport (1968), which established him as a best-selling popular author. His subsequent books include Wheels (1971), a treatment of the automobile industry. The Moneychangers (1975), which deals with banking, Strong Medicine (1984), set in a major pharmaceuticals company, and The Evening News (1990), which concerns television journalism. Hailey's novels typically feature a proliferation of characters around whom a complex network of dramatic plots is woven. Among his other works are The Final Diagnosis (1959), In High Places (1962), and Overload (1979).

User Comments

Your email address will be altered so spam harvesting bots can't read it easily.
Hide my email completely instead?

Cancel or