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John Griffith Bowen is a British playwright and novelist. He was born in Calcutta, India, studied at the University of Oxford
University of Oxford
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 (at Pembroke College
Pembroke College, Oxford
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 and St Antony's College
St Antony's College, Oxford
St Antony's College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England.St Antony's is the most international of the seven all-graduate colleges of the University of Oxford, specialising in international relations, economics, politics, and history of particular parts of the...

) and worked in publishing, drama and television.


Bowen started writing books in the mid-1950s.
  • The Truth Will Not Help Us: Embroidery on an Historical Theme. London, Chatto and Windus, 1956.
  • After the Rain. London, Faber, 1958; New York, Ballantine, 1959.
  • The Centre of the Green. London, Faber, 1959; New York, McDowellObolensky, 1960.
  • Storyboard. London, Faber, 1960.
  • The Birdcage. London, Faber, and New York, Harper, 1962.
  • A World Elsewhere. London, Faber, 1965; New York, CowardMcCann, 1967.
  • Squeak (1983)
  • The McGuffin (1984)
  • The Girls: A Story of Village Life. London, Hamish Hamilton, 1986;New York, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1987.
  • Fighting Back. London, Hamish Hamilton, 1989.
  • The Precious Gift. London, Sinclair Stevenson, 1992.
  • No Retreat. London, Sinclair Stevenson, 1994.


In the mid-1960s Bowen switched to writing plays for theatre and television.
  • Hetty Wainthrop Investigates (1995)
  • Hetty Wainthrop: Woman of the Year (1996)

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