(1935- ) UK writer of much fiction and nonfiction; he has also been a screenwriter and movie director. His major contribution to fantasy is the Albion Triptych – Gog (1967), Magog (1972) and King Ludd (1988) – a Fabulation about the Matter of Britain which is half sentimental Satire and half mythopoesis. In the opening volume, a very tall man is washed up on a beach in Scotland, in 1945; he has lost his memory, but the names of the legendary Giants Gog and Magog are tattooed on his fists. His subsequent trek from Edinburgh to London is both a quest for personal identity and a mythological history of the British people. The second volume is more in the nature of mundane satire, but the third explores afresh the themes and images of the first book, retelling the story of the hero's entire life with many fantastic episodes set against a rich historical background. [DP/JC]
other works: Inkydoo, the Wild Boy (1976 chap); The Facts in the Case of E.A. Poe (1979); The Sword and the Grail (1992 US), nonfiction.
Andrew Annandale Sinclair