Alan Scholefield - Biography


Born in Cape Town, Scholefield was educated at Queen’s College, Queenstown and the University of Cape Town where he read Eng. Lit. and where he won an athletics blue and broke a South African junior record. After university, from which he graduated in 1951, Scholefield became a journalist on The Cape Times and The Cape Argus.

With his first wife Patricia, he lived in Spain writing short stories for America, Canada and London. The marriage broke up in 1960 and in 1962 he married the Australian journalist and novelist Anthea Goddard and settled in London.

Scholefield’s first novel A View of Vultures was published in 1966. In addition to his novels, Scholefield has written a non-fiction history of three African monarchies, The Dark Kingdoms and has written three dramas for South African Broadcasting (SABC) and a stage adaptation of Treasure Island.

In 1981 Scholefield’s novel Venom was made into a film starring Klaus Kinski, Nicol Williamson and Oliver Reed.

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