Gerald Seymour is a British writer of Literature and fiction novels. He was born in Guildford, Surrey on 25th November 1942 to William Kean Seymour and his wife, Rosalind Wade. Seymour attended Kelly College today known as Mount Kelly in Tavistock Devon. To further his studies, he joined University College London where he took Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern History. Seymour worked as a journalist for the ITN in 1963 where he covered topics such as Vietnam War, Munich Olympic Massacre, Great Train Robbery, The Troubles, Palestinian militant group, Italy Red Brigades, and Germany’s Red Army Faction. After the publication of his debut novel, Harry’s Game in 1975, Seymour became a full-time novelist dedicating his time to writing.
Order of Gerald Seymour Standalone Novels
|2||The Glory Boys||1976|
|7||In Honour Bound||1984|
|8||Field Of Blood||1985|
|9||At Close Quarters||1987|
|10||A Song In The Morning||1987|
|11||The Journeyman Tailor||1989|
|14||The Fighting Man||1994|
|15||Heart of Danger||1995|
|18||The Waiting Time||1998|
|19||A Line in the Sand||1999|
|20||Holding the Zero||2000|
|23||The Unknown Soldier||2004|
|25||The Walking Dead||2007|
|28||The Dealer And The Dead||2010|
|29||A Deniable Death||2011|
|31||The Corporal's Wife||2013|
|33||No Mortal Thing||2015|
The author’s debut novel Harry’s Game narrates the works of an undercover agent who is on the hunt for an IRA assassin responsible for the death of British minister. His second book The Glory Boys was published in 1976; it follows an Arab terrorist who intends on killing Israel’s leading nuclear scientist. The Contract released in 1980 narrates the journey of a dishonored British Army officer.
GERALD SEYMOUR AWARDS
Several of Gerald Seymour novels have been nominated, and others appeared on Starred Reviews. The Dealer and the Dead was listed on Booklist & Publishers Weekly starred reviews in 2010. The Glory Boys was nominated for 1977 Edgar Allan Poe Award while Harry’s Game was a nominee for 1976 Edgar Allan Poe Award. The Walking Dead appeared in 2007 Kirkus Reviews & Library Journal starred reviews. The Journeyman Tailor was a nominee in 1994 Edgar Allan Poe Award.
GERALD SEYMOUR BOOKS INTO MOVIES/TV
Seven of Gerald Seymour novels have been made into films. Harry’s Game was made into a television miniseries with three episodes in 1982. Ray Lonnen played the role of Harry while Derek Thomson played the IRA elite assassin. The Glory Boys was adapted into a 1984 film starring Anthony Perkins, Rod Steiger, and Alfred Burke among others. It narrates the story of two terrorists one from IRA and the other from PLO who meet in London to assassinate the Israel Scientist.
The Contract was made into a 1988 film starring the famous actor Kevin McNally. Red Fox was adapted into a movie in 1991 starring Jane Birkin, John Hurt, and Brian Cox. A Line in the Sand was also made into a movie in 2004 featuring Saskia Reeves, Ross Kemp, Mark Bazeley, etc. The Waiting Time was also made into a 1999 film starring Zara Turner, Mark Pegg, and John Thaw, in which a lawyer’s clerk Joshua Mantle is called to help identify the events that led to a British intelligence officer attacking a Germany politician.
BEST GERALD SEYMOUR BOOKS
These are two best books by Gerald Seymour, Harry’s Game (1975) and Holding Zero (2000).
Harry’s Game: A British cabinet minister is shot dead by an IRA assassin on a London street. In the midst of a national cry, the authorities in charge must at all times find the killer. However, the trail seems long cold as the assassin gone to ground in Belfast and the authority must turn to an unorthodox method to bring him to justice. Poorly briefed and ill prepared covert agent Harry Brown is sent into the center of enemy territory to infiltrate the terrorists.
However, when it’s a race against time, corners are cut, mistakes made and for the undercover agent, Harry in a city of strangers where an intruder is the subject of rumor and gossip, one foul and false move is enough to leave him fatally isolated.
Harry’s Game is Gerald Seymour debut novel first published mid 70’s. While the politics of N. Ireland have moved on in the last three decades, this book stands a test of time. The author offers you with a perspective from both the nationalist point of view and the British view.
Holding the Zero: Gus Peake has stayed at home and kept his job, but when an old debt of friendship comes knocking, he travels to Northern Iraq to a forgotten war between the Saddam Hussein military and the Kurdish guerillas.
To no quarter and brutal combat, Gus can bring in his skills acquired as a marksman. But on the battlefield, there are no rooms for mistakes, and he must soon learn and aid the guerrillas in achieving their role, reaching the city of Kirkuk, the capital of Kurdish people.