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by Steve Whatley
Thu 25 Jun, 2009 16:59:17
Forum: They Found Atlantis
Topic: They Found Atlantis
Replies: 18
Views: 23360

The 'gentleman criminal' character Oxford Kate, who features in the first half of the book, is reminiscent of one or more of Dornford Yates' villains. I recently re-read They Found Atlantis, and found it something of a novel of two halves; the criminals & rich idlers scenario of the first half, and ...
by Steve Whatley
Thu 25 Jun, 2009 15:14:12
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Better To Marry- by Eve Chaucer
Replies: 5
Views: 3622

Better To Marry- by Eve Chaucer

I've recently finished reading my second Eve Chaucer novel, Better To Marry-, and found it a very different experience from the light-hearted tale of No Ordinary Virgin. Better To Marry- starts normally enough as a romance played out both in rural England and in the more exotic setting of Dakar, Sen...
by Steve Whatley
Thu 25 Jun, 2009 14:42:42
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Now don't get upset anyone - this is just for fun
Replies: 12
Views: 6945

Right, you may have to dig deep to work out one or two of the references here, and maybe even deeper to raise a laugh, but.... You know you've read too many Roger Brook novels when; - You find yourself doing the crossword with a quill pen - You've figured out a French version of your name, but your ...
by Steve Whatley
Sun 21 Jun, 2009 21:03:30
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Clinton House
Replies: 45
Views: 37921

Dear Charles Many thanks for the details; I did search for the planning application on the Lambeth Council website earlier on, but missed it as I was looking for Clinton House rather than 1 Palace Road. I have now lodged my objection using the facility provided on the website as you suggested, rathe...
by Steve Whatley
Sat 20 Jun, 2009 11:19:07
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Clinton House
Replies: 45
Views: 37921

Well done Charles! This is a good example of a way (aside from the obvious) in which contributors to this website can take action to try to preserve the DW heritage. Whilst I don't suppose that our representations would carry anything like as much weight as those of local residents, I nevertheless ...
by Steve Whatley
Thu 18 Jun, 2009 22:54:04
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Re www.socialgo.com
Replies: 3
Views: 4674

No objections from me Charles. Anything which might encourage people to discuss our 'hero' is fine with me. And if it attracts more people to the DW Tribute site and therefore into the Library, so much the better.

Does nobody else have an opinion on this?
by Steve Whatley
Mon 8 Jun, 2009 21:40:11
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Churchill's Bunker ("Oh no, not another one!")
Replies: 0
Views: 2969

Churchill's Bunker ("Oh no, not another one!")

"Oh no, not another one!" I hear you cry. But yes, 'tis true, another book which includes a few references to DW; another image for Dear Old Charles to add to the 'Books About' section. 'Churchill's Bunker' by Richard Holmes, in association with the Imperial War Museum (Profile Books, 2009) is subti...
by Steve Whatley
Sun 24 May, 2009 20:43:40
Forum: The Fabulous Valley
Topic: Where there's a will....
Replies: 5
Views: 22324

A couple of months ago I was looking for an exciting adventure to read, so decided on a DW - my first for a few years - and selected The Fabulous Valley. It must have been twenty years since I first read it, and I remembered it indeed as 'Boys Own' stuff, as Stevie P said in the first post on this t...
by Steve Whatley
Sat 23 May, 2009 23:26:09
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Next years Convention
Replies: 49
Views: 31740

Well, Jean and I can't make Sep 12, and are extremely doubtful for the ones either side of that, Sep 5 and Sep 19. In any event, as a Convention without Charles is in our opinion unthinkable, our votes at this stage go to Oct 3 and Oct 10, but if a later date should prove desirable, any time from No...
by Steve Whatley
Thu 21 May, 2009 14:35:10
Forum: The Black Baroness
Topic: The Black Baroness
Replies: 5
Views: 21506

It's many years since I read The Black Baroness, but I find this fascinating. Whilst I've always enjoyed Wheatley's blend of fact and fiction, I've never been entirely sure where fact has ended and fiction begun. With DW's 'inside knowledge' of wartime affairs, the boundaries are likely to be somewh...
by Steve Whatley
Sat 9 May, 2009 10:50:54
Forum: Gunmen, Gallants And Ghosts
Topic: Gunmen, Gallants and Ghosts
Replies: 10
Views: 29883

Jim, I don't know whether I'm more impressed by the fact of your finding two more Venetias, or by the fact that you've apparently read Heyer and Disraeli. I don't suppose those two authors are very similar in style to DW, or are they?
by Steve Whatley
Wed 6 May, 2009 21:38:18
Forum: Gunmen, Gallants And Ghosts
Topic: Gunmen, Gallants and Ghosts
Replies: 10
Views: 29883

That's right - I thought it looked strange.

Oddly enough, there was an obituary of a Venetia in the Telegraph today - as a little girl she got to name the planet Pluto.

So that's three Venetias (plus possibly the woman in the blind shop).
by Steve Whatley
Tue 5 May, 2009 22:38:03
Forum: General Topics
Topic: No Ordinary Virgin by Eve Chaucer (Mrs Dennis Wheatley)
Replies: 1
Views: 2287

No Ordinary Virgin by Eve Chaucer (Mrs Dennis Wheatley)

I've just finished reading No Ordinary Virgin, the first Eve Chaucer I've ventured to read. It's a rather unusual tale of a woman - Venetia - who has reached her late twenties with her honour intact, as it were, despite having been married (her husband died a few hours after the wedding). She declar...
by Steve Whatley
Tue 5 May, 2009 21:56:30
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Fooling Hitler
Replies: 6
Views: 4298

Drat! (Can I say 'drat' in the Library?) Looks like we missed an interesting programme there Charles. Why didn't the someone ring you before it was shown? Guess they didn't realise DW was going to make an 'appearance'. If we could get hold of a recording, it might be a good item for inclusion on the...
by Steve Whatley
Tue 5 May, 2009 21:49:23
Forum: Gunmen, Gallants And Ghosts
Topic: Gunmen, Gallants and Ghosts
Replies: 10
Views: 29883

Re: 'The Born Actor' - Venetia is also the name of the heroine of 'No Ordinary Virgin' by Eve Chaucer (Mrs. Dennis Wheatley). The only two occasions I can recall seeing the name, although I'm now going to check the staff badge of that Italian-looking woman who works in my local blind fittings shop. ...

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