Lionel Davidson 1922-2009
Lionel Davidson was born in 1922 in Hull, Yorkshire, one of nine children of an immigrant Jewish tailor. He left school early and worked in the London offices of the Spectator magazine as an office boy. and later the Keystone Press Agency.
His first thriller The Night of Wenceslas published in 1960 became a best seller. Davidson became one of the handful of living writers to have their first novel appear in a green Penguin jacket. The book won the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger Award (the top prize for crime and spy fiction in Britain).
A Long Way to Shiloh (1966) won Davidson his second Gold Dagger, and he achieved a third with The Chelsea Murders (1978).
His last novel Kolymsky Heights appeared in 1994.
Davidson wrote a number of children's novels under the pseudonym David Line. Run For Your Life was later adapted for television.
Under Plum Lake he wrote in his own name. Intended as a children's book it was admired by readers of all ages.