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…

Microbes of Power – deadly espionage in Cyprus 1937

“Microbes of Power” is a pioneering espionage novel analysing the threat to world peace posed by biological weapons. It was unique in the Secret Service thriller genre of the 1930s to explore the threat posed by using bacteria and viruses in war. The novel also stood out for offering positive representation of women intelligence agents…

His Excellency Governor Wallace – Secret Service battle in Hong Kong in 1936

Alexander Wilson’s 1936 Wallace of the Secret Service novel switches the dramatic fight to preserve the British Empire by Sir Leonard Wallace to what was then the highly lucrative colony of Hong Kong- on lease from China. Herbert Jenkins explained ‘What This Story Is About’: Although some months separated the publications of Alexander Wilson’s rousing…