Born in Kisumu in 1936, and brought up in Nairobi, John came to England aged 10. After National Service in the Royal Artillery, he studied Law at St. John's College, Oxford.
In 1963 he joined the BBC as a radio announcer, where he stayed until he received a two-year grant from a group of West End theatre managers to write plays. Since 1966 John has been a freelance writer, reviewer, and broadcaster. He is a prolific playwright, whose plays have been performed on stage, television and radio, including at the National Theatre and was previously for twelve years the art critic of The New Statesman.
John Spurling is the author of The Ragged End, After Zenda, and A Book of Liszts, among other novels. He lives in London and Arcadia, Greece, and is married to the biographer Hilary Spurling.
This biography was last updated on 04/08/2014.
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