R J Minney is an accomplished novelist, biographer, playwright and film producer. Educated at King’s College, London, where he studied History, he has lectured in a number of universities and has broadcast in many countries.
His extensive travels include a journey to Tibet on horseback across the Himalayas. He was the first to fly across India in a plane that arrived in a packing case, and has been to Japan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaya, East Africa, Morocco, Egypt, the Middle East, Russia, South America, Turkey and most of the countries in Europe. He spent some time in the USA working in a film studio in Hollywood and later wrote scripts and produced films for the Rank Organisation in London.
As a journalist he was editor of Everybody’s, Sunday Referee and Strand Magazine. The films he produced include The Wicked Lady, Madonna of the Seven Moons,Terence Rattigan’s The Final Test and A Place of One’s Own, for which Rex Whistler designed the sets. Minney is also the author of Gentle Caesar, about Tsar Nicholas II, which he wrote in collaberation with Sir Osbert Sitwell, and Clive of India, a biography, play and film, in which Ronald Coleman and Loretta Young starred. Winston Churchill praised the play in a long article in the London Daily Mail.
His more than thirty books include a study of Charlie Chaplin’s life work entitled Chaplin – The Immortal Tramp and Carve Her Name With Pride, the work of Violette Szabo who was posthumously awarded the George Cross, also filmed.