Cleeve, Brian

Brian Cleeve
Brian Cleeve. Cover image Faithful Servant: A Memoir of Brian Cleeve by Jim Bruce source amazon.co.uk

Brian Cleeve was born in Essex of a Limerick family in 1921, and settled in Dublin in the mid-1950s.

His short fiction includes The Horse Thieves of Ballsaggert (Cork, Mercier Press 1966).

His novels include Far Hills (London, Jarrolds, 1953); Portrait of My City (Jarrolds, 1953); Birth of a Dark Soul (Jarrolds, 1953, published in Boston as The Night Winds, [Houghton Mifflin, 1954]); Assignment to Vengeance (London, Hammond, 1961); Death of a Painted Lady (London, Hammond 1962); Death of a Wicked Servant (London, Hammond 1963); Vote X for Treason (London, Collins 1964); Dark Blood, Dark Terror (Hammond, 1966); Violent Death of a Bitter Englishman (New York, Random House, 1967; London, Corgi 1969); Exit from Prague (London, Corgi 1970; in America as Escape from Prague [New York, Pinnacle Books 1973]); Cry of Morning, A Novel of Modern Ireland (London, Michael Joseph, 1971); Tread Softly in This Place (London, Cassell 1972); The Dark Side of the Sun (Cassell, 1973); A Question of Inheritance (Cassell, 1974); and A Woman of Fortune (Dingle, Brandon 1993).

He edited A Dictionary of Irish Writers, Volume 1 (Cork, Mercier 1967); Volume 2 (Mercier, 1969); Volume 3 (Mercier 1971); and with Ann Brady, A Dictionary of Irish Writers, revised edition in one volume (Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 1985).

He also published a number of mystical books in the 1980s, including The House on the Rock (London, Watkins, 1980).

He died in 2003.


Brian Cleeve’s Seven Mansions

Brian Cleeve at Wikipedia

Brian Cleeve at The National Library of Ireland


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