Harold Robbins: The Man Who Invented Sex

Author(s): Andrew Wilson


Harold Robbins, the godfather of the airport novel, changed the face of publishing with classics such as "The Carpetbaggers", "The Dream Merchants" and "The Lonely Lady". His readers loved his steamy tales of money, soft porn, drugs, corruption, greed and, just sometimes, redemption. The world's first playboy writer, Robbins reportedly frittered away $50 million on fast cars, loose women and high living. But obsessed with fame and fortune, Robbins was a deeply complex and often controversial man, and even his closest friends and lovers could only guess at the past of the man behind the perma-tanned mask and gigantic mirrored sunglasses. This is the fascinating story of his extraordinary life.


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Like Robbins's best fiction, his biography is filled with steamy tales of sex, money, corruption, greed, and redemptionThis is the definitive book on an intriguing and misunderstood literary talent, whose fans included Ford Maddox Ford, James Baldwin, John Steinbeck, Phillip Roth and Norman MailerAndrew Wilson's biography of Patricia Highsmith received rave reviews and won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best biography

'A fascinating portrait of a remarkable man' The Times 'A hugely enjoyable biography of a scurrilous life' Observer 'Makes a fascinating cautionary tale, and Wilson tells it with wit and concision' Blake Morrison, Guardian 'Wilson's biography is utterly mesmerising, the story of a life which combines elements of comedy and sheer horror to keep the reader turning the pages with eager anticipation' Daily Express

Andrew Wilson remembers secretly reading Harold Robbins as a teenager, and has spoken to many friends, lovers and enemies of this most provocative of writers. Wilson's other books are the award-winning Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith, and the novel The Lying Tongue.

General Fields

  • : 9780747593799
  • : 55652
  • : 55652
  • : October 2008
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 20mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Andrew Wilson
  • : Paperback
  • : 2009
  • : 813.54
  • : 320