Desmond Bagley

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Desmond Bagley

  • Birth 29 Oct 1923
  • Death 12 Apr 1983
  • Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
  • Memorial ID 24746219

Author. Born at Kendal, Cumbria, England, the second son of John, a coal miner, and Hannah Bagley. At 14 he left school and began working as a printer's devil. He progressed to work in a plastic fittings factory, and during the war years, in the aircraft industry. At 22 he emigrated to South Africa taking an overland route which took him through Kampala, Uganda, Kenya, Rhodesia (present day Zimbabwe)and arriving in South Africa in 1950. After a stint in the gold mines, he became a freelance journalist, working for the Broadcasting Company in Durban, the Rand Daily Mail in Johannesburg, and by 1960 he was a writer for Filmlets Ltd. In 1957 his first short story, ‘My Old Man's Trumpet,' was published in Argosy Magazine, and his first novel, ‘The Golden Keel' in 1962. He returned to England in 1965, where his writing career flourished, producing numerous bestsellers including ‘Landslide' in 1967, ‘The Freedom Trap' in 1971 - which was then filmed in 1973 as ‘The Mackintosh Man' starring Paul Newman - ‘The Tightrope Men' in 1973, and ‘Flyaway' in 1978. In April 1983 he was flown to Southampton for treatment following a stroke. He succumbed a week later, at the age of 59. His last two novels ‘Night of Error' and ‘Juggernaut' were published posthumously.


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  • Created by: Iola
  • Added: 19 Feb 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 24746219
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Desmond Bagley (29 Oct 1923–12 Apr 1983), Find A Grave Memorial no. 24746219, ; Maintained by Iola (contributor 46780914) Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.