Ray Connolly has written novels, movies, television films and series, radio plays, short stories and much journalism. Brought up in Lancashire, after graduating from the London School of Economics – where he read social anthropology – he began a career in journalism as a sub-editor at the Liverpool Daily Post. Between 1967 and 1973 he wrote a weekly interview column for the London Evening Standard – concentrating mainly on popular culture and music. Since then he has written for the Sunday Times, The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Observer and the Daily Mail.
Working with producer David Puttnam, he wrote the original screenplays for the films That’ll Be The Day and Stardust, and wrote and directed the feature length documentary James Dean: The First American Teenager. He has also written for television, most notably the films Forever Young and Defrosting The Fridge, and the series Lytton’s Diary and Perfect Scoundrels. He also co-wrote the George Martin documentary trilogy about music, The Rhythm of Life, for BBC2.
His first novel, A Girl Who Came To Stay, was published in 1973, and has been followed by several others, including Sunday Morning, Shadows On A Wall and Love Out Of Season. There have also been the biographies Being Elvis – A Lonely Life and Being John Lennon – A Restless Life. His latest novella, ‘Sorry, Boys, You Failed the Audition’, which is based on a play he originally wrote for Radio 4, was published in book form in 2019.
For radio he wrote Lost Fortnight, which was about Raymond Chandler in Hollywood, and Unimaginable, which concerned the 24 hours around the death of John Lennon, whom he was due to see on the day the former Beatle was murdered. In 2010 he adapted one strand of his novel Love Out Of Season as the radio play God Bless Our Love.
He is married to Plum Connolly, has three children and two grandchildren, and lives in London.