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Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace was born illegitimately in Greenwich, London, in 1875 to actors Mary Jane Richards and T.H. Edgar. As an infant he was adopted by George Freeman, a porter at Billingsgate fish market. Aged eleven, Wallace sold newspapers at Ludgate Circus and upon leaving school took a job with a printer. He later enlisted in the Royal West Kent Regiment, before transferring to the Medical Staff Corps, and was sent to South Africa. In 1898, he published a collection of poems called 'The Mission that Failed', and subsequently left the army to become correspondent for Reuters. South African war correspondent for 'The Daily Mail' followed and his articles were later published as 'Unofficial Dispatches'. His outspokenness infuriated Lord Kitchener, who removed his credentials. He then edited the 'Rand Daily Mail', but gambled disastrously on the South African Stock Market. Returning to England, Wallace at first reported on crimes and hanging trials, before becoming editor of 'The Evening News'. It was in 1905 that he founded the Tallis Press, publishing 'Smithy', a collection of soldier stories, and 'The Four Just Men'. The latter was published with the ending removed as an advertising stunt and he offered œ500 to readers who could successfully guess the ending. Unfortunately, many did and he was almost bankrupted. At various times Wallace also worked as a journalist on 'The Standard', 'The Star', 'The Week-End Racing Supplement' and 'The Story Journal'. In 1917, he became a Special Constable at Lincoln's Inn and also a special interrogator for the War Office. The Daily Mail sent Wallace to investigate atrocities in the Belgian Congo, a trip that provided material for his 'Sanders of the River' books. In 1923, he became Chairman of the Press Club and in 1931 stood as a Liberal Parliamentary candidate for Blackpool. Wallace's first marriage in 1901 to Ivy Caldecott, daughter of a missionary, ended in divorce in 1918 and he later married his much younger secretary, Violet King. Along with countless articles, some 23 screenplays and many short stories, Wallace wrote more than 170 books, which have been translated into 28 languages and sales of which have exceeded 50 million copies. Over 160 films have been made from his books - more than any other author. In the 1920's one of Wallace's many publishers claimed that a quarter of all books read in England were written by him. His sales were exceeded only by 'The Bible'. He died in 1932 whilst working on the screenplay for 'King Kong', having moved to Hollywood after being offered a contract by RKO. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Dodo Press (March 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409962571
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409962571
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,308,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love this type of story! Nice bit of romance. If you liked this, you will probably like 'Chick', its kinda the same deal. Not rags to riches, but something like that. Also, 'The Duke in the Suburbs', too.
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Bones ( ) has returned from military serice on the West Coast of Africa (see the Sanders novels of Wallace) to find himself wealthy and solitary in London. Through a series of misadventures, he manages to swindle swindlers, con conmen, and outcraft crafty financiers. Aided by the beautiful Miss Winfield, who is his beloved "typewriter" or secretary, and Hamilton, his military superiors, Bones in his honest bumbling way is able to win out and persue his own plans.
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By Alexander on October 26, 2012
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This book is simply great. Love the Africa series of Wallace, including the other books. Mr Bones is one of my favorit persons in this book. Close to be slapstick.
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By Alma Grady on July 16, 2014
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I hoped this would be a pleasant period piece but was most disappointed by the slow pace of the book and the excessive wordiness.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joel Zenzic on February 24, 2011
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The issue here is not the Edgar Wallace story, which, while not the strongest of the "Sanders" novels, rounds out the stories of the main characters (Bones/Tibbets, Hamilton and Sanders) nicely. The issue is this sub-amateurish printing. Not only is it simply a stack of 8 1/2" x 11" sheets bound as a paperback; but the chosen font is Courier. Courier! Of all the lame fonts to choose. Hey, it's not 1980! There are other choices out there; and nearly all are easier to read and better looking. No publisher uses Courier as the main font of a book for good reasons. Truly unbelievable. Just to add more insult to the mess: paragraphs are not indented, just separated by blank lines; the text of the last page of each chapter is vertically centered on the sheet, even if it is just three or four lines long, which is disconcerting; the title page consists simply of the title and author in the same font size as the text itself. The edition most closely resembles the work of a marginally competent high-schooler with no sense of aesthetics.

These faults are completely unnecessary. A few seconds of thought and a few mouse clicks would improve the imprint dramatically. A little more effort with the printer and binder would produce a perfectly respectable edition. Based on my assumption that all their releases suffer from the same lack of professionalism, I recommend avoiding all Filiquarian Publishing products (identifiable by their excruciatingly plain black and white covers and the ironic "High Quality Paperback" in large letters at the top), unless there are no alternatives available whatsoever. Without exaggeration, I would prefer a foxed, water-stained and roughly-used copy.

It is truly sad that this well-intentioned effort to re-issue a classic novel has been so needlessly wasted.
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By George Goehl on August 11, 2015
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This is a fun books to read. Goes along with the Sander Series.
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