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by Jim
Tue 21 Feb, 2006 01:22:19
Forum: General Topics
Topic: DW's bookplate
Replies: 8
Views: 6182

Aha! "Forbiden"!

I just checked on his copy of MYSTERY OF A HANSOM CAB (which I now own)...I guess he never had it corrected...
by Jim
Thu 16 Feb, 2006 00:23:16
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Were any novels adapted for TV/ radio?
Replies: 3
Views: 3859

It migjht be appropriate to mention here the two abridgements of DW novels done as audiobooks: THE DEVIL RIDES OUT, read by Anton Rodgers THE HAUNTING OF TOBY JUGG, read by Denholm Eliot My cassettes are 25 years old, and probably don't even play any more; I don't imagine these have been transferred...
by Jim
Thu 5 Jan, 2006 01:14:07
Forum: General Topics
Topic: "Sex, Jingoism & Black Magic"
Replies: 13
Views: 9504

Well, it's riddled with errors, but written with enough enthusiasm that it possibly might entice some readers to give DW a try!
by Jim
Thu 15 Dec, 2005 02:15:51
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Seasonal Greetings
Replies: 18
Views: 12196

To you and all the other members of this forum, a most joyous celebration of whichever winter event you mark. (How's that for vague?)

Many thanks for the site and the forum...

Jim
by Jim
Wed 23 Nov, 2005 00:17:23
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Wheatley's worst book
Replies: 11
Views: 10136

DW's Worst Novel

I'm putting in my bid for THE MAN WHO MISSED THE WAR. When I read it, this book felt very slapdash, with a rushed ending. I haven't read LINDA LEE yet, but I thought MISSED was worse than the other two nominees. YMMV
by Jim
Thu 3 Nov, 2005 02:51:59
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Historical Correctness
Replies: 5
Views: 4512

A reply!

Wow! I got a message tonight from Angus Clarke (deputy editor, the Times Register) who says: << I spoke to the person who wrote the obituary--someone who knew Pearsall extremely well--and received the following by reply: "What I understand is that there was a particular detective-hero of Wheatley's ...
by Jim
Thu 3 Nov, 2005 00:02:55
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Historical Correctness
Replies: 5
Views: 4512

<< Do they mean Ian Fleming's 007 Novels after his death? >>

I don't see how that could be. With the exception of COLONEL SUN, each of the Bond sequels has been plainly credited to a single author (who also gets the job of novelizing the film scripts).
by Jim
Sun 30 Oct, 2005 15:39:57
Forum: General Topics
Topic: BBC FOUR TV: The Lost Decade
Replies: 18
Views: 14464

"The Letter"

I was just looking at The Letter again. In only the second paragraph, DW writes: << Yet our present monarch being just over 50, and in good health with a normal prospect of another 25 years of life, many people would lay heavy odds against his daughter, or any other member of his family, ever being ...
by Jim
Sun 30 Oct, 2005 01:49:52
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Historical Correctness
Replies: 5
Views: 4512

That's astonishing. There *weren't* any Wheatley thrillers published after his death, only the final volume of the autobiography, if I remember rightly. Aren't there any fact-checkers at The Times? Wheatley's family and Hutchinson certainly would have every right to demand a retraction! I've written...
by Jim
Wed 19 Oct, 2005 13:17:57
Forum: October 2005 Rules Change
Topic: New 'member-postings' rules
Replies: 3
Views: 19391

I don't see why that should be a problem for any of the legitimate members here. Even people with something to sell (Wheatley-related) should not be averse to "joining," if they're on the up-and-up. I belong to many message boards, and all the moderators say a major part of their job is cleaning up ...
by Jim
Sun 18 Sep, 2005 15:35:55
Forum: General Topics
Topic: General Questions
Replies: 22
Views: 17636

The Duke was my first Wheatley character, and I guess is still my favorite. But if I had to pick one book as my favorite from this series, it would be THE GOLDEN SPANIARD.
by Jim
Sun 18 Sep, 2005 15:30:20
Forum: General Topics
Topic: BBC FOUR TV: The Lost Decade
Replies: 18
Views: 14464

I wonder if there's any chance of this series being picked up by one of the U.S. cable affiliates that shows BBC material. While DW is virtually unknown over here now, many of his books were published in U.S. editions, and he still has some fans, of course. Besides that, the episodes on Wyndham and ...
by Jim
Mon 22 Aug, 2005 17:50:50
Forum: General Topics
Topic: DW's place in literature
Replies: 14
Views: 7509

I had to laugh at Jonathan's comment, because I used to do the same thing..but only on the last page of the book, where I knew DW was saving a twist or surprise to cap the whole story. Two of the best, IMO, are the ones in his first published book, THE FORBIDDEN TERRITORY, and the last, DESPERATE ME...
by Jim
Sat 13 Aug, 2005 22:39:54
Forum: General Topics
Topic: "Mr Eatons views on the French Collapse"
Replies: 7
Views: 5179

My copy of the 1950 "cheap edition" (signed by the author) has the same thing. It's rather a clever gimmick, actually. (We know DW was not averse to putting strong thoughts into the mouths of his characters...) But I don't remember noticing it in the Arrow paperback, which is how I originally read t...
by Jim
Wed 10 Aug, 2005 02:39:24
Forum: General Topics
Topic: "Mr Eatons views on the French Collapse"
Replies: 7
Views: 5179

At what point in the story does this occur? (I'd like to check that...)

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