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The Avengerworld book was made possible thanks to 46 very talented and generous people:
Tatiana Bakina, Roy Bettridge, Vincenzo Boccini, Koen Braem, Barry Clarke,
Derek Dubery, Barnaby Eaton-Jones, Ben Elshout, Robert Fairclough, David Fakrikian,
J.Z. Ferguson, Dick Fiddy, Margaret Gordon, Sarah Hadley, Alan Hayes, Alys Hayes,
Martin Holder, Frank Hui, John Humphreys, Lauren Humphries-Brooks, Philippa Jacobs,
Piers Johnson, B. Jones, Brendan Jones, Denis Kirsanov, Jan van Leeuwen, Joseph Lloyd,
Rodney Marshall, Dave Matthews, Richard McGinlay, Alistair McGown, Anthony McKay,
Mona Morstein, Peter Motte, Irina Nikitina, Alex Pinfold, Michael Richardson,
Dave Rogers, Joris Royer, James Speirs, Christine Stutz, Olga Svecharnik,
Kimberly Thompson, Jason Whiton, Stanislaw Wiatrowski and Jaz Wiseman

Avengerworld - The Avengers in Our Lives

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (18591930)

was a British writer and physician, most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. He is also known for writing the fictional adventures of a second character he invented, Professor Challenger, and for popularising the mystery of the Mary Celeste. He was a prolific writer whose other works include fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels.

Mysteries and Adventures

The Theatrical Sherlock Holmes

William Gillette (18531937)

was an influential and highly successful American actor-manager, playwright, and stage-manager in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is best remembered for portraying Sherlock Holmes on stage, though he also played the part on camera in 1916. His portrayal of Holmes helped create the modern image of the detective. He assumed the role on stage more than 1,300 times over thirty years, starred in the silent motion picture based on his Holmes play, and voiced the character twice on radio.

The Theatrical Sherlock Holmes

Alan Hayes

A fan of The Avengers and Doctor Who since 1976, Alan runs The Avengers Declassified, one of the most popular Avengers websites. He has reconstructed Series 1 Avengers episodes for DVD, and spruced up twenty 1970s radio serial adaptations of the series. He has also contributed to the charity anthologies You and Who: Contact Has Been Made and You and Who Else (both from Watching Books - and recommended).If he's not doing any of these things, he'll be writing, designing, working on other websites such as Randall and Hopkirk (Declassified) and JSFnetGB, attacking and adding to the ever-growing DVD mountain, or wasting far, far too much time on Facebook and internet forums...

Two Against the Underworld

Avengerworld - The Avengers in Our Lives

Fury from the Deep - A Relic of the Old Time

Richard McGinlay

When he's not busy editing children's titles for an illustrated book publisher, Richard writes features and reviews for the websites The Avengers Declassified and Sci-Fi Online. He has also contributed to print publications including DreamWatch and Satellite Times and the charity anthologies Avengerworld (Hidden Tiger), You and Who: Contact Has Been Made and You and Who Else (both from Watching Books). Richard has also been called upon to write liner notes for Big Finish Productions' The Avengers - The Lost Episodes.

Two Against the Underworld

Alys Hayes

A long-time archive TV enthusiast and fan of series such as Doctor Who, The Avengers and Monty Python's Flying Circus, Alys has helped recover and restore the Avengers radio series, and has worked on Series 1 DVD reconstructions of this series. Away from the show, she works in the television industry, is a classic car enthusiast, and dotes on Zoe, her power-crazed but oh-so-cute cat. In addition to her work for Hidden Tiger, Alys has also contributed to the charity anthology You and Who: Contact Has Been Made (Watching Books).

Two Against the Underworld

Paul Hayes

South Londoner Paul now lives in Ireland with his wife and two children. He has always had a penchant for writing but work commitments were constantly getting in the way of things. When the recession led to redundancy, it gave him the impetus he needed and he completed his first book, Requiem for Sherlock Holmes, within a year. A sequel is in process. As well as Sherlock Holmes, he also has a strong interest in Doctor Who and has had essays included in both volumes of You and Who: Contact Has Been Made, originally published by Miwk Publishing and now reprinted by Watching Books.

Requiem for Sherlock Holmes

Mysteries and Adventures (Foreword)

The Theatrical Sherlock Holmes (Foreword)

Francis William Strapp

was a Londoner who emigrated to Australia in the 1910s to seek his fortune. However, Francis settled into a hard life in New South Wales, Australia, which never delivered on his aspirations. He worked sporadically as a gardener, but was often out of work. It was during his time in Australia that Francis wrote his novellas and short stories; only a small proportion of his works were published, always in the local press. His stories remained unpublished until his descendants collaborated in 2011 to compile Tales from the Moonstone Inn (Hidden Tiger). Francis died aged 64 in Lidcombe State Hospital, New South Wales, on Wednesday 13th October 1937. He was buried in an unmarked grave in the Anglican 'pauper' section of Rookwood Cemetery, Rookwood, New South Wales.

Tales from the Moonstone Inn



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