Authors of fiction about the War and the 1920's

Authors of fiction about the War and the 1920's

A number of popular authors during and after the War took as their theme the way men who had served sometimes found themselves lacking adventure and excitement with the onset of Peace; "Sapper" with 'Bulldog Drummond', John Buchan with 'Richard Hannay', W. E. Johns with 'Biggles', and "Dornford Yates" with 'Richard Chandos' wrote successful thrillers or semi-autobiographical works - all which are very much of their time, and often not 'politically correct'. Others, like "Taffrail" and "Ian Hay" described everyday Service life. Men who served were not the only authors, of course - Dorothy L. Sayers' fictional hero Lord Peter Wimsey had a D.S.O. and shellshock, and Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot was introduced to us by the wounded Captain Hastings as he convalesced at Styles.

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  • Profile picture for Ernest William Hornung

    Born 1866

    Died 1921

    British Army Young Mens Christian Association

  • Born 1892

    British Army Lieutenant Royal Air Force

    British Army Major Royal Air Force

  • Profile picture for Herman Cyril Mcneile

    Born 1888

    Died 1937

    British Army Second Lieutenant Royal Engineers

    British Army Captain Royal Engineers

    British Army Acting Lieutenant-Colonel Middlesex Regiment

  • Profile picture for Robert Erskine Childers

    Born 1870

    Died 1922

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) RAF

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) RAF

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) Major

  • Profile picture for John Hay Beith

    Born 1876

    Died 1952

    British Army Second Lieutenant Officers Training Corps Junior Division

    British Army Second Lieutenant Unattached List Territorial Force

    British Army Temporary Captain Machine Gun Corps

  • Born 1885

    Died 1960

    British Army Second Lieutenant London Regiment 3rd county of lond Battalion

    British Army Second Lieutenant London Yeomanry, seconded to command a Mounted Brigade Signal Troop

    British Army Lieutenant London Yeomanry, seconded to command a Mounted Brigade Signal Troop

  • Profile picture for William Avery Bishop

    Born 1894

    Died 1956

    Canadian Expeditionary Force Lieutenant Canadian Expeditionary Force 9 Mississanga Horse

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) Squadron Commander and Major Royal Air Force 85 Squadron

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) Captain Royal Flying Corps 60 Squadron

  • Profile picture for Ax Plunkett, Lord Dunsany

    Born 1878

    Died 1957

    British Army Captain Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

  • Profile picture for Ford Madox Ford

    Born 1873

    Died 1939

    British Army Lieutenant Welch Regiment 3rd Battalion

    British Army Second Lieutenant Welch Regiment 9rh Battalion

  • Profile picture for John Buchan

    Born 1875

    Died 1940

    British Army Lieutenant Colonel Intelligence Corps

  • Profile picture for Alfred Edward Woodley Mason

    Born 1865

    Died 1948

    British Army Captain Manchester Regiment

    British Army Major Royal Marines

  • Born 1876

    Died 1959

    Air Force (RAF/RFC) Second Lieutenant Marine Training Depot, Royal Air Force

  • Born 1884

    Died 1940

    British Army Lieutenant Manchester Regiment Prisoner of War, held in Mainz Citadel

  • Profile picture for William Earl Johns

    Born 1893

    Died 1968

    British Army 74451 Private Machine Gun Corps

    British Army Second Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force

  • Profile picture for Gilbert Frankau

    Born 1884

    Died 1952

    British Army Temporary Lieutenant East Surrey Regiment 9th Battalion

    British Army Temporary Lieutenant Royal Field Artillery

    British Army Temporary Captain Royal Field Artillery

  • Born 1890

    Died 1971

    Royal Navy Z/159 Sub-Lieutenant RNVR: Royal Naval Division: Hawke Battalion

  • Profile picture for William Somerset Maugham

    Born 1874

    Died 1965

    British Army British Red Cross Society

    British Army Secret Service

  • Profile picture for Henry Taprell Dorling

    Born 1883

    Died 1968

    Royal Navy Midshipman H.M.S. 'Terrible'

    Royal Navy Lieutenant-Commander

    Royal Navy Commander HMS Murray