John’s autobiography is going through final edits and now needs a good reliable publisher.
John has recently completed his Autobiography, commented upon by Sir Michael Parkinson ‘I think your book is a wonderful account of an important time and the part you played in its history….. I think the book is an important contribution to a particularly rich period in the history of British television. Thank you for giving me the chance to read it before the rest of the world and I hope people will come to understand what an extraordinary journey it was that you made
John Finch was born in Liverpool in the years of the depression. At the outbreak of war, basically uneducated, he did various jobs but finally joined the Merchant Navy at the age of sixteen and sailed from Liverpool in 1941.
His first post war job was as a trainee librarian at a miner’s welfare library, but having a long time ambition to be a writer he soon left to live in London, firstly as secretary and general amanuensis to Jacob Epstein, the sculptor when he lived opposite the London home of Winston Churchill, meeting figures such as Churchill and Gandhi. He stayed in London to write for various magazines such as Illustrated and Picture Post with occasional contributions to the BBC.
In 1960 he became the first freelance writer to be contracted to write “Coronation Street”, and later became editor and producer. He went on to become Granada’s most prolific writer and created , wrote and edited many of the companies longest running serials and series including “A Family at War” and “Sam”