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The ancestor of crime and detective novels The Woman in White, written in 1859 by Wilkie Collins, was a hugely successful novel. It first appeared in a serial form in the All the Year Round, a British weekly literary magazine founded and owned by Charles Dickens, Collins’ friend, boss, and mentor. The serial’s success was such that it became a dinner-table topic and that bets were struck as to the outcome of the story. A
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James Clavell was the master of historical fiction The author James Clavell was born Charles Edmund Dumaresq Clavell in Sydney, Australia in 1921. He was the son of Commander Richard Charles Clavell, a British Royal Navy officer who was serving in Australia from 1920 to 1922. Although born in Australia, Clavell was a British national but in 1963 became a naturalised citizen of the United States. He was a novelist, screenwriter, director and World War II
Nineteen sixty-nine was a tumultuous year It was the year I started to learn how to rebel. As a teenager in Perth, the most isolated city in the world, news arrived days or weeks later than for the rest of the world. The Vietnam War was the most pressing for me because I was only a few years away from the threat of conscription. Many forget or don’t realise that it wasn’t only teenagers in