Adams, Douglas N.

BORN 11 Mar 1952, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire - DIED 11 May 2001, Montecito, California
CAUSE OF DEATH heart attack
GRAVE LOCATION London: Highgate Cemetery East, Swain's Lane, Highgate (Square 74, Plot 52377 (ashes))

Douglas Adams studied in Cambridge and started writing from an early age. He was after a writing career for radio and television and although some of his work as used he he had to work as a hospital porter and a bodyguard, amongst other jobs.

In 1978 he wrote "The Pirate Planet" for the Dr. Who series. His best known work is "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" that was started as a radio play in 1978 and ended as a successful series of five novels, published between 1979 and 1992.

During the 1980s he had a love affair with novelist Sally Emerson, but in 1981 she returned to her husband Peter Stothard. Later he lived with Jane Belson, a barrister. Although their relation was difficult at times, they married in 1991 and in 1994 their daughter Polly Jane Rocket was born. In 1999 they moved to California, where he died of a heart attack in 2001. Jane and Polly returned to London and Jane died of cancer in 2011.


The grave of Douglas Adams at Highgate Cemetery East, London.
Picture by Androom (28 Mar 2016)


Douglas Adams - Wikipedia

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Published: 14 Jan 2017
Last update: 20 Apr 2022