Herbert Allingham was one of 'the men who wrote for the Million'. His melodramatic serial stories ran week after week in the halfpenny papers a hundred years ago. From his first published work in 1886 until his death in 1936 he entertained hundreds of thousands of working-class readers, bring colour and excitement into hard precarious lives. But was he an author? He didn't think so. Nothing he wrote was ever published in book form and, while the proprietors of the flimsy mass-market magazines made fortunes, their writers remained uncelebrated. This biography seeks to change that. Herbert Allingham's daughters, detective novelist Margery and her sister Joyce, were proud of their father. They kept boxfuls of his stories, diaries, account books and letters from editors. Julia Jones inherited this unique archive. She has used it to investigate the conditions of Allingham's working life and to glimpse some of his readers. Fifty Years in the Fiction Factory evokes the thrill of weekly fiction in the Great Age of Print.
'This is an important contribution to book history and a moving memorial to the many anonymous writers who have kept us company in our reading lives.' Jenny Hartley (author of Charles Dickens and the House of Fallen Women)
Publication date: 19/09/2012
Publisher: Golden Duck (UK) Ltd
|Publication date:||19th September 2012|
|Publisher:||Golden Duck (UK) Ltd|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, History,|
Julia Jones was born in Woodbridge Suffolk in 1954 and spent much of her childhood on board Peter Duck on the River Deben and elsewhere. She read Arthur Ransome's adventure stories as she lay in the quarterberth that had originally been designated as an area where he might store his typewriter. Like many female Ransome fans she could never quite make up her mind whether she wanted to be capable, swashbuckling Captain Nancy Blackett or sensitive, imaginative Able-seaman Titty. She was however perfectly certain that she wanted to be the heroine of every pony book ever written and so was delighted ...More About Julia Jones