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| British author and screenwriter.
Balchin was a fascinating character. After graduating from Cambridge he became a consultant for Rowntrees, where he created the bubble-filled chocolate AERO and suggested the name KITKAT for the company's latest bar.
Balchin wrote his first popular novel, Darkness Falls From The Air (about the London Blitz) in 1942 and followed this with his most famous book, The Small Back Room, in 1943 (this book added two phrases, "boffin" and "backroom boy" to common English parlance). In 1945 Mine Own Executioner was published.
Balchin was also a talented screenwriter, producing the screenplays for his own novels Mine Own Executioner (1947) and The Small Back Room (1948). Other screen credits include Fame Is The Spur (1947), Mandy (1952), The Man Who Never Was (1955) and The Singer Not The Song (1960). Balchin also produced the unused first screenplay for the troubled epic, Cleopatra (1962).
He had a troubled private life. His first wife ran off with his friend, the sculptor, painter and writer Michael Ayrton, and he had a major problem with drink. He was in frail health in his final years following a serious gastric operation, not helped by his drinking.
This is a fine signed and inscribed cream-coloured card (approximately 4.5" x 3.5"), dated August 1948 by Balchin. In very good condition. RARE.