Rex Batten

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Rex Batten
Rex Batten (1928–2017) was the author of Rid England of this Plague, a novel based on his own experiences of a time when the police were actively persecuting gay men.

Rex Batten studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, as a contemporary of Joe Orton and Alan Bates. He spent a few years in touring companies and doing bit parts in films before deciding that acting was not for him. After some freelance writing for radio, he spent most of his working life as a teacher.[1]


  1. Rex Batten on the Paradise Press website.