Clavell was residing in Switzerland at the time of his death.
Most of the protagonists in Clavell's novels were Europeans who had gone to live in Asia.
Clavell disowned the film version of his novel Tai-Pan.
Most critics consider To Sir With Love to be the best film directed by Clavell.
Clavell attended the University of Birmingham for a time in the late 1940s.
Clavell had to leave the military in 1946 because of injuries suffered in an accident.
Clavell married April Stride, an actress, in 1951. The couple had one daughter.
Clavell set his 1986 novel Whirlwind in 1979 Iran at the time of the Iranian Revolution.
Clavell directed five films: Five Gates to Hell, Walk Like a Dragon, To Sir With Love, The Sweet and the Bitter, and The Last Valley.
Clavell greatly admired Asian culture and this came through in his novels.
Clavell became a naturalized United States citizen in 1963.
Clavell moved to New York City from Great Britain in 1953 and found work in television as a writer and director.
Clavell's biggest selling book was Shogun, published in 1975.
Clavell wrote the screenplay for the classic 1958 horror film The Fly.
Clavell's experiences in a Japanese POW camp were the basis of his first novel King Rat.
Clavell was taken prisoner in Malaya by Japanese forces after being wounded by machine gun fire. He spent the rest of World War II in a Japanese POW camp.
Clavell joined the British Royal Artillery in 1940 at the age of 16.
Clavell's father was an officer in the British Royal Navy.
Clavell wrote the screenplay for the classic 1963 war drama The Great Escape along with William Riley Burnett.
All of Clavell's novels are set in Asia.
Clavell: You never know...that's what makes life interesting.