About Patrice Chaplin


Patrice is an internationally renowned writer and has published over 30 fiction and non-fiction books. Her short stories were published in The London Magazine, along with other collections, including Black Valentine (Duckworth), The Minerva Book of Short Stories, the BBC, and the Heinemann series. Her play From the Balcony was commissioned for Radio 3 and the National Theatre, and Into the Darkness Laughing was performed in France, Spain and the UK.

Patrice’s journalism has been featured in The Guardian, The Listener, The Daily Mail, The Sunday Times, The Jewish Chronicle, and documentaries have been broadcast on the BBC and Spanish television. The novel Siesta was produced as a movie starring Ellen Barkin, with music by Miles Davis. She lives in London and for 20 years her charity Northern Bridge Productions has used Creativity Against Addiction to great effect in the UK and Europe.

Patrice Chaplin

Patrice Chaplin signing a copy of City of Secrets
Photo Credit: Andrew Gough and Lisette Gagne

Patrice Chaplin

Patrice Chaplin in the 1950s

Selected Works

Stage Plays:

Bad Girl
From the Balcony
Into the Darkness Laughing

Anthologies containing stories by Patrice Chaplin:

The Minerva Book of Short Stories 1 (1987)
Black Valentine Short stories ‘Night in Paris’ (1987)


A Lonely Diet (1970)
Judas Lovers (1971)
The Last of the Big Kite Flyers (1971)
Having It Away (1977)
Siesta (1979)
Unforgotten (1984)
Don Salino’s Wife (1987)
The Fame People (1988)
Forget Me Not (1989)
Saraband (1991)
Night Fishing: An Urban Tale (1992)
Death Trap (2003)
Mr. Lazarus (2012)
The Fortune Seller (2015)


Cry, Wolf (1975)
Another City (1987)
Albany Park: An Autobiography (1987)
Into the Darkness Laughing: The Story of Jeanne Hebuterne, Modigliani’s Last Mistress (1990)
Hidden Star: Oona O’Neill Chaplin: a Memoir (1995)
Happy Hour (1998)
Clean Time (2004)
City of Secrets: The Extraordinary True Story of the Woman Who Found Herself
At the Heart of the Grail
The Portal: An Initiate’s Journey into the Secret of Rennes-le-Château (2010)
The Stone Cradle: One Woman’s Search for the Truth Beyond Everyday Reality (2017)
Lucifer by Moonlight (2017)
The Unknown Pursuit: Three Grandmothers in Search of the Grail (2019)

Patrice Chaplin