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Matthew, Christopher C(harles) F(orrest) 1939-

MATTHEW, Christopher C(harles) F(orrest) 1939-

PERSONAL: Born May 8, 1939, in London, England; son of Leonard Douglas and Doris Janet Matthew; married, October, 1979; children: three. Education: Oxford University, B.A., 1963, M.A., 1989.

ADDRESSES: Office—35 Drayton Gardens, London SW10 9RY, England; fax: 0207-244-7004.

CAREER: La Colline School of Languages, La Tour de Peilz, Switzerland, lecturer in English, 1963-64; London Press Exchange Ltd., London, England, advertising copywriter, 1964-66; J. Walter Thompson Co. Ltd., London, copywriter, 1966-68; Masius, Wynne-Williams, London, copywriter, 1968-70; Thomson Group Marketing, London, copywriter, 1970; freelance writer and broadcaster, 1970—.

AWARDS, HONORS: Arts Council award, 1977.


Diary of a Somebody (fiction), illustrated by Peter Brookes, Hutchinson (London, England), 1978.

A Different World: Stories of Great Hotels, photographs by Ben Martin, Paddington Press (New York, NY), 1978.

The Long-Haired Boy (fiction), Hamish Hamilton (London, England), 1979, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1980.

Loosely Engaged, Hutchinson (London, England), 1980.

The Crisp Report, Hutchinson (London, England), 1981.

(Editor, with Benny Green, and coauthor of annotations and introduction) Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat, Pavilion Books (London, England), 1982.

The Junket Man, Severn House (Sutton, Surrey, England), 1983.

How to Survive Middle Age, Pavilion Books (London, England), 1983.

Family Matters, Hodder & Stoughton (London, England), 1986.

The Amber Room, Sinclair-Stevenson (London, England), 1995.

A Nightingale Sang in Fernhurst Road: A Schoolboy's Journal of 1945, John Murray (London, England), 1998.

Now We Are Sixty (poetry), illustrated by David Eccles, John Murray (London, England), 1999, Viking (New York, NY), 2001.

Knocking On, John Murray (London, England), 2001.

Now We Are Sixty (and a Bit), John Murray (London, England), 2003.

Madonna's Plumber (radio play), British Broadcasting Corp., 2003.

Writer for The Good Guys, a series broadcast by London Weekend Television, 1992-93. Contributor to British magazines and newspapers, including Daily Mail. Editor, Times Travel Guide, 1973-75.

ADAPTATIONS: The Long-Haired Boy was adapted for television and broadcast as A Perfect Hero by London Weekend Television in 1991.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Summoned by Betjeman, a solo stage show celebrating the life and work of Sir John Betjeman.



Times Literary Supplement, November 24, 1978; March 7, 1980; November 21, 1980.

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