Letter from America: The forgotten William Le Queux
On hearing of the death of double agent Kim Philby (1912 -1988), Alistair Cooke reflects on the influence of forgotten Edwardian spy writer William Le Queux (1864-1927)
Invasion Fiction, William Le Queux, and Fake News
What is invasion fiction?
Who was the mysterious William Le Queux?
Why did a group of famous British authors secretly meet at the outbreak of World War I?
And what did “fake news” look like a century ago?
These topics are discussed by Dr Conor Reid and Ailise Bulfin in a podcast available on the Words To That Effect Website
Episode 1 of Words To That Effect explores the power of words and communication. William Le Queux, rarely read today, was in his time a hugely successful author of invasion fiction stories. Exploiting a public fascination and concern with Britain’s preparedness for a military invasion, he created sensational best-selling tales such as The Great War in England in 1897 and The Invasion of 1910. His work was part of a massively popular subgenre of literature known as invasion fiction. This subgenre, often also called future war fiction, began in the 1870s and proliferated right up until the First World War.