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Gilbert Adair (born 29 December 1944 in Edinburghmarker) is a Scottishmarker author, film critic and journalist. He won the Scott Moncrieff Translation Prize for his book A Void, which is a translation of the French book La Disparition by Georges Perec. This book, as well as the translation, contains not even once the letter 'e'. His works may be compared to that of Julian Barnes, A S Byatt and Patrick Gale.


His early works of fiction included two unauthorized sequels to classic works of Victorian English literature: Alice through the Needle's Eye (following Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass) and Peter Pan and the Only Children (following Peter and Wendy).

From 1992 to 1996 he wrote the "Scrutiny" column for The Sunday Times.

He is currently writing a stage version of Love and Death on Long Island which is being developed by producers New Gods and Heroes.

Personal life

From 1968 to 1980 he lived in Parismarker, Francemarker. At present he lives in Londonmarker, Englandmarker.


The 1997 film Love and Death on Long Island by Richard Kwietniowski was based on his 1990 novel of the same name.

The film The Dreamers by Bernardo Bertolucci, with a script by Adair,was based on his book The Holy Innocents, which Adair revised and rereleased under the same title as the film.





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