Written in the early decades of the 20th century
down-on-his-luck Englishman living in Australia,
this engaging collection
of stories and other works is
at last available in a collectible deluxe
The two novellas presented in this volume The
Moonstone Inn and The Man Who Tossed A Sixpence are mystery
adventures with Australian and South Pacific settings. Dark schemes, evil
deeds, hidden hoards and guarded secrets abound, mixed with dashes of
romance, humour and local colour, not forgetting of course, Francis W.
stiff-upper-lipped heroes and virtuous heroines.
The collection includes two short stories featuring
characters from The Moonstone Inn The Copenhagen Sails Tonight
and The God of Luck. A third short story, To Save France,
documents a Parisian woman's act of bravery in the First World War. Also
presented are Strapp's other surviving writings, including poems, letters
to the press, and draft versions of two novella chapters, both of which
are reproduced directly from the author's handwritten manuscripts
(typeset in Kindle and EPUB eBooks). Several items in this section are
exclusive to this edition.
The collection also boasts photographic illustrations, a
foreword by the author's great-niece Mary Steel, biographical information
by Rita Hayes, and afterword essays by the editor, Alan Hayes, focusing on
the author's life and the settings for his stories.
This title is available
in these editions:
Perfect Bound Paperback
228mm x 152mm - US Trade
472 pages -
eBook ISBN 978-1-291-34445-5
2011 as The Moonstone Inn and Other Stories
This edition published 4th February
This new edition is
slightly resized to facilitate a hardcover version,
has been rejacketed, contains all the
photographic illustrations from the
original edition and features
revised biography and afterword essays
plus exclusive content from Francis W. Strapp's archives
located in 2013
(accounting for approximately 9 new pages).