Monday, November 29, 2004

RIP: Arthur Hopcraft

Little known outside the UK, Arthur Hopcraft epitomised the old-school writer. He left school at age 15 to first cover football for English newspapers, later travelling the world for a number of stories and writing books along the way. A meeting in a pub led to his writing the play "Cyril and the Sex Kittens", followed by highly-rated original plays, screenplays and adaptations. His version of John Le Carre's "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" was the author's favourite.

Hopcraft won the Bafta Writers Award in 1985, and died at age 71 on November 22, 2004.

Football, spies and hard times: Arthur Hopcraft on Amazon UK

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