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 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…

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…