English author, playwright and antique dealer
He was born in Bethnal Green, London, and studied at Cambridge. An authority on Josiah Wedgwood, he published Wedgwood (1953) and The Portland Vase (1953), and was an editor of The Concise Encyclopedia of English Pottery and Porcelain (1957). Other publications include the novels Make Me an Offer (1952), A Kid for Two Farthings (1953) and A Night With Casanova (1991), and a collection of short stories, The Mendelman Fire (1957). Among his plays is The Bespoke Overcoat (1954), and his films, The Millionairess (1960), The Long, The Short, and the Tall (1961), Casino Royale (1967) and The Hebrew Lesson (1972), as well as his documentary on Yiddish cinema from 1929 to 1939, Almonds and Raisins (1984).