James Clavell
Date of Birth
Oct 10, 1924
Birth Place:
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


The son of British Royal Navy Captain Sir Richard Clavell, James Clavell was commissioned into the British Royal Artillery at the outbreak of World War II, then spent most of the war in a Japanese POW camp. After the cessation of hostilities, Clavell overcame his bitterness by cultivating a fascination in the history and culture of Japan. Moving to the U.S. in 1953 to work on a TV project, Clavell...