Interview with Professor Tim Crook- biographer of Alexander Wilson

How did you become involved in researching Alexander Wilson? A childhood friend and professional colleague in Drama, Richard Shannon, invited me to have lunch with his father, the poet and actor, Mike Shannon in the vaults of the Royal Society of Arts in 2005. Richard knew I was an academic researcher and at the time…

The mysterious life of Alexander Wilson 1893-1963

Alexander Joseph Patrick Wilson was born in Dover on the 24th October 1893. He had Irish ancestry. His father, also called Alexander, was a sergeant in the British Army’s Hospital Corps and his mother Annie was a publican’s daughter from Carlow, Ireland. His grandfather Hugh was one of the founder members of the British Army’s…

The writing career of Alexander Wilson

Beginnings and First Novels Alexander Wilson first enjoyed success with writing novels in 1927. Longmans, Green and Company, based in Paternoster Row in the City of London, agreed to publish the first two Wallace of the Secret Service novels: ‘The Mystery of Tunnel 51’ and ‘The Devil’s Cocktail.’ At the time Wilson was working as…

Walking in great grandfather’s footsteps – Lahore 2015

One of Alexander Wilson’s great grandsons, Christopher McGill, visited Lahore in 2015 seeking to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding the spy writer’s time there between 1925 and 1933. Would the palatial bungalow at number 11 Masson Road where Wilson wrote ‘The Mystery of Tunnel 51’ and ‘The Devil’s Cocktail’ still be standing? Would he…