Gerald Kersh

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Teddington-on-Thames, England, UK
Born in England in either 1909 or 1911 of Russo-Polish origins, educated at a London secondary school. Before making a career as writer, worked as travelling salesman, wrestler, night-club proprietor, cinema manager, banker's assistant, labourer, bodyguard, bookmaker's clerk, debt collector and barman. First book "Jews and Jehovah" 1934. Several more novels, and many short-stories followed; began to gain reputation as one of the leading short-story writers of period.At start of WWII joined Coldstream Guards, writing column for a London newspaper while in training. Next book, "They Die With Their Boots Clean", written around the Guards training and tradition, became instant success. Read more...