Andrew Sinclair

For the British surgeon and botanist, see Andrew Sinclair (botanist).
For the Australian politician, see Andrew Sinclair (politician).

Andrew Annandale Sinclair (born 1935) is a British novelist, historian, biographer, critic and filmmaker. He was a founding member of Churchill College, Cambridge.


Born in Oxford, England, Sinclair undertook his National Service with the Coldstream Guards and wrote a novel and later a screenplay based on the experience, called The Breaking of Bumbo (1959).

Sinclair directed the film, now regarded as a classic, of Under Milk Wood. His book The Better Half: The Emancipation of the American Woman won the Somerset Maugham Prize in 1967.[1] His biographies have covered a wide variety of famous people: Che Guevara, Dylan Thomas, Jack London, John Ford, J Pierpont Morgan and Francis Bacon. Sinclair is married to the writer and socialite Sonia Melchett.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1972.[2]

Personal life

Andrew Sinclair married firstly Marianne Alexandre in 1960 (later divorced) and had one son Timon Alexandre Sinclair; secondly Miranda Seymour, daughter of George Fitzroy Seymour (cadet branch of Marquess of Hertford and Duke of Somerset of Thrumpton Hall) and Rosemary Nest Scott-Ellis, daughter of Thomas Evelyn Scott-Ellis, 8th Baron Howard de Walden (1880–1946), on 17 October 1972 (marriage dissolved 6 June 1984) and had one son Merlin George Sinclair; thirdly Sonia Melchett, widow of British Steel Corporation Chairman Julian Mond, 3rd Baron Melchett, on 25 July 1984, without issue.

Through his third marriage, Sinclair is the stepfather of Peter Mond, 4th Baron Melchett, politician and environmentalist, and Kerena Ann Mond and Pandora Mond.


Uncollected short stories

Selected filmography


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-09.
  2. "Royal Society of Literature All Fellows". Royal Society of Literature. Archived from the original on 5 March 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010.


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