Biographies

Bibliography – Biographies

Dunleavy, Gareth W. , "Erskine Childers (25 June 1870-24 November 1922)" in British Mystery Writers, 1860-1919, edited by Bernard Benstock and Thomas F. Staley, 70, 80-84. Detriot: Gale Research, 1998. Patrick, Chris and Baister, Stephen, William Le Queux : Master of Mystery, Purley, Surrey: C. Patrick & S. Baister, 2007. Piper, Leonard, Dangerous Waters : The Life and Death of Erskine Childers, London: Hambledon Continuum, 2007. Radaker, Kevin, "William Le Queux (2 July 1864-13 October 1927)" in British Mystery Writers, 1860-1919, edited by Bernard Benstock and Thomas F. Staley, 70, 191-198. Detriot: Gale Research, 1998. Ring, Jim, "Childers, (Robert) Erskine ...
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Billings, H. (2005 & 2010) M.P. Shiel

Harold Billings, M. P. Shiel: A Biography of His Early Years, 2005 and M. P. Shiel: the Middle Years, 2010 and An Ossuary of M.P. Shiel (2015) Biography of West Indian born British writer Matthew Phipps Shiel which focuses on his career as an author of serial fiction, supernatural short stories, and prophetic novels by which he is recalled today. Extensive transcriptions of previously unpublished letters and documents from family members, archives of his publishers, literary agents, and fellow authors provide the basis for a deeper look into this man whose publisher, Grant Richards, described as "extraordinarily clever and a ...
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Drummond, M. (1985) The Riddle

The Riddle by Maldwin Drummond (1985) Nautical Books, London This is the definitive study of the background to the writing of The Riddle of the Sands. It includes details of Childers own sailing experiences and also a detailed account of the reception afforded the book in official circles and Childers involvement in this. Since 1904 The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers has been the best known tale of yachting fiction in the English language. It has been continuously in print in numerous editions, has been the subject of a motion picture and has generated scores of articles and ...
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Erskine Childers – Biographical Sources

Biography An overview biography can be found at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Erskine_Childers There is considerable biographical detail in Maldwin Drummond's The Riddle (1985) Further information about Childers and The Riddle of the Sands can be found in Leonard Piper's The Tragedy of Erskine Childers.(2002/2007) Some background relating to Childer's sailing adventures is contained in his sailing log-books at the National Maritime Museum - some narrative is at: http://www.rmg.co.uk/explore/sea-and-ships/in-depth/erskine-childers Books: The Riddle of the Sands ...
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George Tomkyns Chesney

George Tomkyns Chesney (1830-1895) The man who started it all with The Battle of Dorking Biography: Educated at Blundell's School, Tiverton, and at Addiscombe Military Seminary, he entered the Bengal Engineers as second lieutenant in 1848. He was employed for some years in the public works department and, on the outbreak of the Indian rebellion of 1857, joined the Ambala column, was field engineer at the battle of Badli-ki-Serai, brigade-major of engineers throughout the siege of Delhi, and was severely wounded in the assault (he received a medal and clasp and a brevet majority). In 1860, he was appointed head ...
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James Blyth

James Blyth (1864-1933) was a fairly prolific author of popular fiction who is best remembered in the sf field for his Future War novels, in all of which Britain is pitted against Germany [SFE http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/blyth_james] Future war novels: The Tyranny (1907)The Swoop of the Vulture (1909)Ichabod (1910)The Peril of Pine's Place: A Story of an Averted Rebellion (1912) There is a discussion of James Blyth's work in Harry Wood's paper: Conservatism and the Radical Right in Edwardian Invasion-scare fiction, (2013), academia.edu http://www.academia.edu/2447653/Conservatism_and_the_Radical_Right_in_Edwardian_Invasion-scare_fiction He also has an article on Ichabod - James Blyth's highly anti-Semitic novel - at http://invasionscares.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/james-blyths-ichabod/ ...
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Piper, L. (2002 / 2007), The Tragedy of Erskine Childers

Dangerous Waters - The Life and Death of Erskine Childers by Leonard Piper (2002) republished as The Tragedy of Erskine Childers - Dangerous Waters (2007) In The Riddle of the Sands, a gripping spy story set amongst the shoals and mists of the North Sea coast in the years before the First World War, Erskine Childers fathered the modern genre of spy adventures, as well as writing a great yachting classic. Unlike John Buchan or John le Carré, however, Childers himself led a life involving spying, gun-running and conspiracy, and a constant search for adventure and danger, which led in ...
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William Le Queux

William Le Queux was a prolific author between 1891 and 1931. He wrote across a wide range of genres but is best know today for his Invasion / Future War novels in the two decades leading up to the Great War. His most successful work was The Invasion of 1910, which originally appeared in serial form in the Daily Mail in 1906. It was translated into twenty-seven languages and sold over one million copies in book form. His books include: The Great War in England in 1897 (1894)The Invasion of 1910 (1906) with H. W. WilsonThe Unknown Tomorrow (1910)The Terror ...
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