Ray Connolly has written novels, movies, television films and series, radio plays, short stories and much journalism. After graduating from the London School of Economics, he began a career in journalism at the Liverpool Daily Post, before writing a weekly interview for the London Evening Standard. Since then he has written for the Sunday Times, The Times, the Observer and the Daily Mail.

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Working with producer David Puttnam, he wrote 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, including 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 novels include A Girl Who Came To Stay, 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.

For radio he wrote ‘Sorry, Boys, You Failed the Audition’, which he later adapted as a novella, as well as Lost Fortnight, which was about Raymond Chandler in Hollywood, Unimaginable, concerning the 24 hours around the death of John Lennon (whom he was due to see on the day the former Beatle was murdered), and Devoted, an  account of his 102 days in intensive care, and nearly six months in hospital, with Covid in 2020.

He is married to Plum Connolly, has three children and two grandchildren, and lives in London.

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Will It Be 1966 All Over Again? (Mail On Sunday, August 20, 2022

Hurrah The Lionesses Ray Connolly   Some moments you remember all your life. One of mine happened fifteen minutes after England won the World Cup in 1966. Like almost everybody else in the country, Plum, my wife of three months, and I had just watched the final on TV, and were driving in my little… Continue reading…

What is it about Horses?  May 4, 2023

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What is it about horses? Why on Saturday will we smile fondly when we see the Household Cavalry as it accompanies King Charles in his golden carriage on his way to Westminster Abbey for his Coronation? Why, in fact, do we need horses in our national pageants? They are, of course, strong and beautiful and… Continue reading…

Manchester City 1,  Inter Milan 0  May 13, 2023

Manchester City 1, Inter Milan 0 May 13, 2023

Consider the newspaper photographs the day after. See the unrestrained euphoria of the fans who congregated together on Saturday night to celebrate the victory of Manchester City over Inter Milan in the European Champions League final. It was a raucous time in Manchester after the match. Inevitably, a few fans got over-excited. There are always… Continue reading…