Biographies

Billings, H. (2005 & 2010) M.P. Shiel

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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 […]

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William Le Queux

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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 […]

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James Blyth

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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 […]

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George Tomkyns Chesney

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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 […]

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Piper, L. (2002 / 2007), The Tragedy of Erskine Childers

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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 […]

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Erskine Childers – Biographical Sources

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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 […]

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Drummond, M. (1985) The Riddle

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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 […]

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Bibliography – Biographies

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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 : […]