Norman Richard Collins was born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, on October 3, 1907. By the time he was nine years old, at the William Ellis School in Hampstead, he displayed a talent for both writing and publishing. In January 1933, when he was 25, he became assistant managing director in the publishing house run by Victor Gollancz. In 1941 Collins was forced to move to the BBC due to increasingly poor relationship with Gollancz, who resented Collins talent and saw him as a rival.
Collins wrote fourteen novels and one work of non-fiction in his lifetime, most of which were popular successes, published begrudgingly by Gollancz. Collins also became well known for his innovative programming at the British Broadcasting Corporation during the late 1940s, and later for advocating and leading the movement toward commercial television broadcasting in Great Britain.
An unmistakable mark of Collins power of application and creative energy was that he continued to write fiction throughout such a very busy working life. Although never a full-time writer he was a fluent and prolific author with 16 titles and two plays to his credit between 1934 and 1981. An autographed edition of twelve of his novels was published during the 1960s.
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Von Petra Am hilfreichsten 23.10.2013
berührende Geschichte, großartig gelesen
Die Lebensgeschichte des beruflich erfolgreichen, aber privat unglücklichen John Marco beginnt etwas schleppend, gewinnt aber bald an Fahrt und Spannung. Die Erzählung ist bei aller Tragik auch durchsetzt mit zahlreichen komischen Szenen und interessanten Beschreibungen der Welt der Modegeschäfte im London des beginnenden 20. Jahrhunderts. Ich höre Hörbücher bei der Hausarbeit und habe oft mitten im Abwasch oder Bügeln inne gehalten, um gebannt den nächsten Sätzen zu lauschen.
Der Sprecher Tom McKay liest mit sehr angenehmer und facettenreicher Stimme; nicht zuletzt dadurch ist das Hörbuch ein großer Genuss.