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…

Mystery of Tunnel 51 – the first Wallace of the Secret Service novel 1928

The first publishers of Alexander Wilson’s first novel ‘The Mystery of Tunnel 51’  issued the following details about the book in their periodical for libraries and the book-trade called ‘Longmans List’: Notes on Books, Longmans, Green and Co. Ltd, July 1928 The Mystery of Tunnel 51 By Alexander Wilson, Crown 8vo, pp. vi + 345,…

The Devil’s Cocktail – The Great Game in late 1920s British India

This is one of the most significant and remarkable espionage novels of the 1920s. It is set in Lahore, the Punjab during the time of the Raj in British India and the action, suspense and drama is another intense Alexander Wilson narrative of the early 20th century Great Game of intelligence between the British Empire…

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…