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…

Christmas in Wallace of the Secret Service novels

Christmas features in two Wallace of the Secret Service novels by Alexander Wilson. In ‘The Devil’s Cocktail’ (published in 1928) ┬áthe British Secret Service agent, Captain Hugh Shannon, sent to India to combat a deadly plot by Soviet Agents, is summoned on Christmas Day to be told to leave his role as a Professor of…

Wallace of the Secret Service – third espionage volume published 1933

‘Wallace of the Secret Service’ was the first Alexander Wilson espionage novel featuring Sir Leonard Wallace and his global imperial counter-intelligence service published by Herbert Jenkins in 1933. Such was its popularity the volume went into a second imprint in 1939. Its success can be attributed to the structure of ten self-contained stories and adventures…