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Brett Holman

Most of the literature on William Le Queux concentrates on his career before the Great War, when he spent the better part of a decade warning of the twin dangers of German espionage and German invasion through his fiction and his journalism. 1 As

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Michael Hughes

All the articles in this collection touch to some degree or another on William Le Queux's penchant for turning his own life – and the lives of others – into fantasy. It is perhaps this, more than anything else, which makes it so hard to

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The Mysterious Mr Le Queux

War Novelist, Defence Publicist and Counterspy

Roger T. Stearn

compulsory military training. William Le Queux achieved success as a writer of romantic mystery thrillers, and apparently his own self-image resembled his fictional heroes. In his Edwardian heyday and after, he presented himself as a man of mystery, and

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Introduction

‘William Le Queux, Master of Misinformation’

Ailise Bulfin and Harry Wood

you must put fiction round it, like sugar round a pill. — Arthur Conan Doyle, cited in [Robert Barr], ‘A Chat with Conan Doyle’, Idler Magazine 6 (1894), 348 The world has been remade by William Le Queux. — Graham Greene, cited in Roger T

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Radical Reactionary

The Politics of William Le Queux

Harry Wood

‘I am no alarmist.’ Appearing in the opening pages of his counter-espionage exposé German Spies in England (1915), this defensive appeal to authenticity and rationality is now likely to raise smiles among scholars of William Le Queux. 1 Writing

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The International Circulation and Impact of Invasion Fiction

Case Study of William Le Queux's The Invasion of 1910 – ‘Not an ordinary “pot-boiler”’

Ailise Bulfin

fall upon us on … that not far-distant day. —William Le Queux, Preface to The Invasion of 1910 (1906) 1 If every man who now carries a gun could shoot we could compel the Germans to fly a flag of truce within twenty-four hours. Indeed, if Lord

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Gauging the Propagandist's Talents

William Le Queux's Dubious Place in Literary History: Part One

A. Michael Matin

, Britain invented the greatest propaganda campaign the world had ever seen’. 2 Notably absent from the group of writers invited to attend that pivotal event in literary history was William Le Queux, who had been Britain's most prolific and widely read

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Gauging the Propagandist's Talents

William Le Queux's Dubious Place in Literary History: Part Two

A. Michael Matin

home to his slow-working mind that he really has his back to the wall, and you fan at once into bright flame the smouldering pride of race … —William Le Queux, Britain's Deadly Peril: Are We Told the Truth? (1915) William Le Queux published anti

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‘At the Mercy of the German Eagle’

Images of London in Dissolution in the Novels of William Le Queux

Antony Taylor

If remembered at all, the novels of William Le Queux stand for a particular style of thriller fiction that was supplanted or replaced by the more realist writing of Graham Greene and John le Carré, among others. Losing their significance in later