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…

Chronicles of the Secret Service – three Wallace spy stories in one in 1940

Chronicles of the Secret Service was first published by Herbert Jenkins in 1940.  This is how they  explained ‘What This Story Is About’: Such novels as Wallace of the Secret Service, Get Wallace, His Excellency Governor Wallace and Wallace Intervenes have achieved their extraordinary wide sales not only because they are thrillers of the front…

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…