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David AmbroseDavid Ambrose was born in Lancashire and educated at Blackburn Grammar School and Merton College, Oxford, where he read law. Becoming seriously distracted by the theatre, he postponed his intended career as a barrister (indefinitely, as it turned out) and by the age of twenty-five had established himself as a successful playwright and screenwriter. In 1977 his fake TV documentary Alternative 3, about global warming and high level government conspiracies, became a “succes de scandale” and the subject of an international cult. After that he moved to Hollywood, where he first worked with the legendary Gene Roddenberry on story concepts for Star Trek, and went on to script many films with stars including Kirk Douglas, Orson Welles, Richard Widmark, James Mason, Pierce Brosnan and Sharon Stone. In the early nineties he began work on a series of novels widely acclaimed as “fast-paced”, “mind-bending” and “unputdownable”, which reflected his fascination with psychology, philosophy, and some of the more far-reaching implications of theoretical physics. His work has best been described as “Hitchcock meets Hawking”. He continues to move easily between the cinema, theatre and literature, and is currently working on several projects in each of those fields. His key backlist fiction has all been reissued on ebook by Simon & Schuster UK.

His autobiography, A Fate Worse Than Hollywood was published by Zuleika in 2019.

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David Ambrose s fascination with the world of entertainment began aged five sitting under the stairs of an isolated rural cottage, listening to the radio. He realised there was a life out there beyond anything on offer in bleak post-war Lancashire. His enthusiasm for theatre and film failed to be derailed by a law degree from Oxford, where his first plays were performed while he was still an undergraduate.

Three years later he was sitting with Orson Welles and Laurence Harvey shooting a major Roman epic for which he had written the screenplay. An international career followed, taking in theatre, films, and eventually a series of mind-bending novels which have been described as Hitchcock meets Hawking.

Fifty years on Ambrose is still trying to work out how it all happened to that kid under the stairs with his radio.

A Fate Worse than Hollywood is his attempt at an answer.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: A Fate Worse Than Hollywood (Zulieka, 2019), Twisted, Simon & Schuster, 2013. The Man Who Turned Into Himself  Jonathan Cape, 1993 (Reissued by Picador (US) in 2008). A Memory Of Demons, Simon & Schuster, 2003.  Pocket Books, 2004. Coincidence,  Simon & Schuster, 2001. Pocket Books, 2002. The Discrete Charm Of Charlie Monk,  Macmillan, 2000. Warner Books (US) 2001. Superstition,  Macmillan, 1997. Warner Books (US), 1998. Hollywood Lies,  Macmillan, 1996. Reissued by Pocket Books, 2008. Mother Of God,  Macmillan, 1995. Simon & Schuster (US), 1996.