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by Steve Whatley
Wed 4 Jul, 2012 19:04:55
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Iwan Morelius
Replies: 24
Views: 23203

I'm very sad today. Not having checked my e-mails, I was at my tennis club when I heard the news via a text message from Charles. This was not inappropriate, as I know Iwan was a keen tennis player, playing well into his seventies, until that first heart attack curtailed his sporting activities a f...
by Steve Whatley
Mon 21 May, 2012 20:27:58
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Clinton House
Replies: 45
Views: 37921

It's tragic to think that Clinton House will be lost forever. I haven't got around to seeing it, and I don't suppose I will now. I did make a return visit to Lymington a few weeks ago, and just looking at the garden walls of Grove Place, and thinking what used to lie within them, brought back the tr...
by Steve Whatley
Tue 17 Apr, 2012 18:22:08
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Introductions
Replies: 35
Views: 29411

Hello Jack, Welcome to the Library. It is always nice to see a new face contributing to this site. I hope you find plenty of DW information to interest you. St. John's Wood is a very 'DW' location; it also means you are handily placed to attend our Conventions at Elstree! I hope we might meet you th...
by Steve Whatley
Thu 15 Mar, 2012 23:22:11
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Chorion announcement
Replies: 14
Views: 9484

Good heavens, it doesn't seem five minutes ago that Charles excited us all with news of the Chorion acquisition!

But I see that it's nearly four years! How time flies!

Let's hope that the new arrangement will be more fruitful.

All Best, Steve[font=Courier New] [/font]
by Steve Whatley
Tue 6 Mar, 2012 22:38:13
Forum: General Topics
Topic: The Devil Rides Out – the musical!
Replies: 10
Views: 9988

Dear Charles,

A curious piece, but it would be more interesting with the photo.

Did you manage to get to Birkenhead last month to see a performance?

All Best, Steve[font=Courier New] [/font]
by Steve Whatley
Fri 13 Jan, 2012 00:48:21
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Favourite Dustwrappers
Replies: 7
Views: 3797

Dear Charles, I'm afraid I can't share your enthusiasm for the cover of The Fabulous Valley. For me, the leopard looks far too cuddly! If this were a still from a film, I would say that the props man had just thrown a stuffed leopard at the actress who's playing the heroine. As for talking to a pict...
by Steve Whatley
Wed 11 Jan, 2012 10:51:44
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Favourite Dustwrappers
Replies: 7
Views: 3797

Favourite Dustwrappers

Ok Charles, I'll act upon your suggestion of a new thread, and list some of my favourite dustwrappers... Where to start? I'll go through chronologically, and consider only first editions. Some reprint covers are better than the 1sts, but I'll leave them for a separate thread. The Devil Rides Out I a...
by Steve Whatley
Tue 10 Jan, 2012 00:28:37
Forum: Curtain of Fear
Topic: Curtain of Fear
Replies: 7
Views: 20501

Favourite Dustwrappers

Ok Charles, I'll act upon your suggestion of a new thread, and list some of my favourite dustwrappers... Where to start? I'll go through chronologically, and consider only first editions. Some reprint covers are better than the 1sts, but I'll leave them for a separate thread. The Devil Rides Out I a...
by Steve Whatley
Sun 8 Jan, 2012 14:30:07
Forum: General Topics
Topic: DW's Birthday
Replies: 16
Views: 13262

Happy Birthday Dennis Wheatley once again! Born in the Diamond Jubilee year of Queen Victoria. Died in the Silver Jubilee year of H. M. Queen Elizabeth II. And here's to his 115th Anniversary in the Diamond Jubilee year of H. M. Queen Elizabeth II. Let's hope it's a splendid year for the Diamond Jub...
by Steve Whatley
Tue 20 Dec, 2011 21:26:27
Forum: Curtain of Fear
Topic: Curtain of Fear
Replies: 7
Views: 20501

Dear Steve, I had indeed wondered why your reviews contain fairly elaborate summaries of the plots; your reason seems as good a reason as any. (I personally use my failing memory as an excuse to re-read DW's books.) Another benefit is that anyone who needs a quick resume of the plot of a DW novel ca...
by Steve Whatley
Wed 2 Nov, 2011 21:06:04
Forum: General Topics
Topic: The 2012 Convention
Replies: 7
Views: 4212

Splendid! I'm looking forward to the fifth Convention already...

Thanks everyone, for making the fourth so enjoyable.

All Best, Steve
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by Steve Whatley
Mon 22 Aug, 2011 21:44:54
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Saturdays with Bricks
Replies: 6
Views: 4359

Hi Garry. My opinion, for what it's worth, is that Saturdays With Bricks is well worth having. Apart from all the brick-laying tips, which I found quite enlightening, and the Great War memories (I don't know if these are exactly the same as in Officer And Temporary Gentleman , as I don't have my cop...
by Steve Whatley
Sun 19 Jun, 2011 19:09:35
Forum: General Topics
Topic: "The best of Dennis Wheatley"
Replies: 54
Views: 32904

Excellent, Jim. 'Roger Brook's Royal Liaisons' is certainly more discreet than my (admittedly tongue-in-cheek) suggestion.

As Dornford Yates would say, I give you best.[font=Courier New] [/font]
by Steve Whatley
Sun 19 Jun, 2011 15:24:53
Forum: General Topics
Topic: "The best of Dennis Wheatley"
Replies: 54
Views: 32904

Hi Jim, I'm not sure if you intend 'Roger Brook Goes To War' to cover 'The Sultan's Daughter' and 'The Wanton Princess' or 'Evil In A Mask' and 'The Ravishing Of Lady Mary Ware'? (Presumably not 'The Dark Secret Of Josephine' and 'The Rape Of Venice'?) Couldn't we manage something a bit more imagina...
by Steve Whatley
Sat 18 Jun, 2011 14:06:01
Forum: General Topics
Topic: "The best of Dennis Wheatley"
Replies: 54
Views: 32904

I think that, as the Roger Brook novels tend to be longer than is usual even for DW, a set of six volumes each containing two titles would be more appropriate. The first two could retain the original titles from the Hutchinson omnibus editions, 'The Early Adventures of Roger Brook' and 'Roger Brook ...

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