Currently alive, at 98 years of age.
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1920 – He was born on the 9th of May in Newbury, Berkshire, England.
1940 – He served in the British Army for six years.
1948 – He was given a Class B discharge to continue his studies and he received a master’s degree from
Worcester College at Oxford University.
– He was a senior civil servant who worked as an Assistant Secretary for the Department of Agriculture.
1972 – His best-known work has sold over 50 million copies world-wide, earning him more than all his other
books put together.
1974 – He has been a full-time author of his second novel "Shardik".
1983 – He also contested the general election.
– He now lives, with his wife, Elizabeth, within 10 miles of his birthplace.