Novels and (free) short stories by Bill Albert

Bill Albert
Bill Albert was born December 16, 1942 at the French Hospital in Manhattan. On December 27th he moved to the Bronx where he was circumcised by Rabbi T.M. Belkin. Five years later he joined the post-war Borscht Bowl Exodus to the Promised Land in California, driving across the country with his mother and grandmother in a large black Packard. He grew up in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, attended seven different high schools, went to the University of California at Berkeley and later the London School of Economics. He has lived in England since 1964. He taught at the University of East Anglia until 1991 when he took early retirement to write and become more active in the disability movement. He is divorced, remarried, and, together with Gill, they have five children and two grandchildren. And What About Rodríguez was published in French in the Gallimard Série Noire in 1991. The author's second novel, Desert Blues was published in 1994 by the Permanent Press, and his third novel, Castle Garden, by the same press in early 1996. His latest book, Norwich 1144 A Jew's Tale, has just (December 2014) been published by Mousehold Press. Three other novels, as well as And What About Rodríguez, are available as e-books.

Bill is represented by Agence Litteraire Lora Fountain & Associates
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Other lives, other worlds

Latest Novel

Norwich 1144 A Jew's Tale

Norwich 1144 AA Jew's Tale is set in medieval Norwich and is about the first modern accusation that Jew's ritually murdered Christian children, what became known in slightly different circumstances as the Blood Libel.

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Other Novels

Bill Albert's Novels

And What About Rodriguez?

A picaresque story of love, revolution and betrayal set in 1972 in Peru.

Desert Blues

When a car accident makes sixteen-year-old rock and roll freak Harold an orphan and sends him to live with his Aunt Enid in the Californian desert, he and she both find they have to make adjustments to their lives.

Desert Swing

Act 2 of Harold and Enid's Palm Springs Opera, picks up their story from where it was left at the end of Desert Blues.

Desert Requiem

Act 3 of Harold and Enid's Palm Springs Opera, takes up their story three years on from the end of Desert Swing and Desert Blues.

Castle Garden

Buffalo Bill Cody, Big Bill Haywood and the struggle for the soul of America seen through the eyes of a young runaway at the turn of the century.

Incident at Mirage Wells

Real estate agent Harrison F. Cartwell's attempt to sub-divide the desert is thwarted by 'Reds', the FBI and the desert.


Short Stories

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Sunday photos

There's someone's penis on my shoulder so I can't salute the flag

Home on the range

(Published in The Pen, number 27, Autumn, 1989)

The man who hypnotized chickens

The Haiti

Peruvian journeys

The Pots and Pans Man (A bedtime story for Maya, Bobble and Charlotte)

Images of myself and other strangers

Out of nowhere


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