David Ambrose

David Ambrose


David Ambrose was educated at Oxford University where he read law. By the age of twenty-five he had established himself as a successful playwright and screenwriter. In 1977 his fake TV documentary Alternative 3, about global warming and high-level government conspiracies, became the subject of an international cult. He later moved to Hollywood, where he first worked with Gene Roddenberry on story concepts for Star Trek and went on to script many films with stars including Kirk Douglas, Orson Welles, Richard Widmark, James Mason, Pierce Brosnan and Sharon Stone. In the early nineties he began work on a series of novels widely acclaimed as 'fast-paced', 'mind-bending' and 'unputdownable' which reflected his fascination with psychology, philosophy, and some of the more far-reaching implications of theoretical physics.

His key backlist fiction has been reissued on ebook by Simon & Schuster.

His autobiography, A Fate Worse Than Hollywood was published by Zuleika / Hachette in 2019.

David Ambrose

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A Fate Worse than Hollywood by David Ambrose

David Ambrose's fascination with the world of entertainment began aged five sitting under the stairs of an isolated rural cottage, listening to the radio. He realised there was a life out there beyond anything on offer in bleak post-war Lancashire. His enthusiasm for theatre and film failed to be derailed by a law degree from Oxford, where his first plays were performed while he was still an undergraduate.

Three years later he was sitting with Orson Welles and Laurence Harvey shooting a major Roman epic for which he had written the screenplay. An international career followed, taking in theatre, films, and eventually a series of mind-bending novels which have been described as Hitchcock meets Hawking.

Fifty years on Ambrose is still trying to work out how it all happened to that kid under the stairs with his radio.

A Fate Worse than Hollywood is his attempt at an answer.

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