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Cyril Wolf Mankowitz (7 November 1924 — 20 May 1998) was an English writer, playwright and screenwriter of Russian Jewish descent. He was born in Fashion Street in Spitalfields in the East End of London, the heart of London's Jewish community. He was educated at Downing College, Cambridge.

His background provided Mankowitz with the material for his most successful book A Kid for Two Farthings (1953). This was adapted as a film by the director Carol Reed in 1955. Mankowitz himself wrote the screenplay. In 1958 he wrote the book for the West End musical Expresso Bongo which was made into a film starring Cliff Richard the following year. His 1960 film The Millionairess, starring Sophia Loren and Peter Sellers, was nominated for a BAFTA award. Another of his screenplays at this time was a collaboration with director Val Guest on the science fiction film The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961).

In 1962, Mankowitz offered to introduce friend Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, holder of the film rights to James Bond, when Broccoli mentioned he desired to make the Bond series his next film project. The two men formed a partnership and began co-producing the first Bond film, Doctor No, for which Mankowitz was hired as one of the screenwriters. After viewing early rushes, Mankowitz feared that the film would be a disaster and damage his reputation and insisted on having his name removed from the film's credits. He later also collaborated on the screenplay for the 'unofficial' Bond movie Casino Royale. He wrote the script for Yorkshire Television's 1976 miniseries Dickens of London and the book of the same name based on his research when writing the series.

During the late 1960s, Wolf Mankowitz was part-owner of the Pickwick Club, in Gt Newport St, off Charing Cross Road, Soho, London W1, where the Peddlers group, led by Roy Phillips, were resident. Mankowitz's wife Ann was a psychoanalyst; the couple met at Cambridge University. They had four sons; the eldest, Gered Mankowitz, is a noted photographer.

Mankowitz died of cancer in 1998, in County Cork, Ireland, aged 73. His ashes are at the Golders Green Crematorium.

Files placed in the public domain during August 2010 revealed that Mankowitz was suspected of being a communist agent by security service MI5 for a decade after the second world war. According to a Guardian article, the investigation was dropped after he canceled a visit to Russia in 1957.
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Total Books: 43
A Kid for Two Farthings A Novel
2009 - A Kid for Two Farthings a Novel [Bloomsbury Group] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781608190485
ISBN-10: 160819048X
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Laugh Till You Cry An Advertisement
2009 - Laugh Till You Cry an Advertisement (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781104853075
ISBN-10: 1104853078

A Night With Casanova
1992 - A Night with Casanova (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781856190794
ISBN-10: 185619079X

Magic Cabinet of Professor Smucker
1988 - Magic Cabinet of Professor Smucker (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780491034166
ISBN-10: 0491034164
Genre: Literature & Fiction

1988 - Gioconda (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780352319814
ISBN-10: 035231981X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Gioconda The Theft of Mona Lisa
1987 - Gioconda the Theft of Mona Lisa (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780881910544
ISBN-10: 0881910546

Devil in Texas
1984 - Devil in Texas (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780947728014
ISBN-10: 0947728015
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Mazeppa the Lives Loves and Legends of Adah Isaacs Menken A Biographical Quest
1980 - Wedgwood (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780214206917
ISBN-10: 0214206912

Raspberry Reich
1979 - Raspberry Reich (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780330258821
ISBN-10: 0330258826
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Raspberry Reich A novel
1979 - Raspberry Reich a Novel (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780333247891
ISBN-10: 0333247892

The Extraordinary Mr Poe
1978 - The Extraordinary Mr Poe (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780297774464
ISBN-10: 0297774468

Kid for Two Farthings
1977 - Kid for Two Farthings (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780850467635
ISBN-10: 0850467632
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The day of the women and the night of the men Fables
1977 - The Day of the Women and the Night of the Men Fables (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780903895613
ISBN-10: 0903895617

Dickens of London
1976 - Dickens of London (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780297771593
ISBN-10: 0297771590

My Old Man's a Dustman
1973 - My Old Man's a Dustman (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780853031635
ISBN-10: 0853031630
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The blue Arabian nights Tales of a London decade
1973 - The Blue Arabian Nights Tales of a London Decade (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780853031659
ISBN-10: 0853031657

Make Me an Offer
1970 - Make Me an Offer (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780583104319
ISBN-10: 0583104312
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Bespoke Overcoat
1953 - Bespoke Overcoat (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780573042232
ISBN-10: 0573042233
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Penguin Wolf Mankowitz
The Penguin Wolf Mankowitz (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780140027501
ISBN-10: 0140027505
Genre: Literature & Fiction

A Kid for Two Farthings
A Kid for Two Farthings (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780233955155
ISBN-10: 0233955151

Expresso Bongo [Drama Library] (Paperback)
The Hebrew Lesson a Play [Evans one act plays] (Paperback)
Poems [Poets S] (Paperback)Hardcover