Books by Piers Dudgeon

Piers Dudgeon is the author of fifteen works of non-fiction. He worked for ten years as an editor in London before starting his own company, publishing authors as diverse as Daphne du Maurier, John Fowles, Peter Ackroyd, Ted Hughes and Susan Hill. In 1993

THE REAL PETER PAN by Piers Dudgeon
Released: July 12, 2016

"A simultaneously interesting and depressing story of arrested development, as sometimes occurs with those who write of children's heroes."
With his broad knowledge of J.M. Barrie (1860-1937) and his contemporaries, Dudgeon (Maeve Binchy: The Biography, 2014, etc.) tells the disturbing story of his odd relationship with the Llewelyn Davies family. Read full book review >
MAEVE BINCHY by Piers Dudgeon
Released: July 22, 2014

"'The secret of the universe is that we do have to take control of our own lives,' was, Dudgeon claims, Binchy's lifelong mantra, and he captures her ebullience and drive in this anecdotal biography."
An upbeat biography of the prolific, much-loved Irish writer. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 2009

"Nowhere near a cut-and-dried case, but plausible enough to leave readers—particularly those who found Peter Pan disquieting (which it is)—wondering."
Adopting both the general notion and the melodramatic tone of D.H. Lawrence's famous comment—"J.M. Barrie has a fatal touch for those he loves. They die"—Dudgeon (Our East End: Memories of Life in Disappearing Britain, 2008, etc.) presents the author of Peter Pan as a crippled soul who deliberately manipulated the lives and psyches of numerous associates and children. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2006

"Aimed, of course, at fans, who will love it. To those unmoved by the Barbara Taylor Bradford mystique, all this will, naturally, be of supreme unimportance."
Amid recent scholarly biographies of The Bard of Avon, we are now favored with the inside scoop on another pride of English letters, Barbara Taylor Bradford. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1989

"Although the text is probably of interest mostly to hard-core fans, more than a hundred truly gorgeous photographs broaden the appeal: prospective travelers will find itinerary inspiration, and anyone who loves the outdoors may relish a quick browse through the misty moors, seascapes, and woods of this wild and peaceful region."
Du Maurier's final book (she died last April) is both a personal memoir and a love letter to Cornwall, which served as inspiration for—and setting of—much of her popular fiction (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, etc.). Read full book review >