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GEORGE VALENTINE WILLIAMS

1883 - 1946

Writing as: Valentine Williams


According to the bio on Wikipedia: "Valentine Williams (born George Valentine Williams, 1883–1946) was a journalist and writer of popular fiction.

Williams was born in 1883. He was the eldest son of the chief editor at Reuters; both his brother and an uncle were also journalists. He replaced Austin Harrison as the Reuters correspondent in Berlin in 1905, aged 21. In 1908, he left Reuters to join the Daily Mail, filing stories from Paris and covering the Portuguese revolution of 1910. He was in the Balkans at the outbreak of World War I and became one of the first accredited war correspondents in March 1915. William Beach Thomas had been reporting the war for the Daily Mail in the period before official accreditations were granted. When the British government relented its opposition to the presence of journalists in 1915, having been warned by Theodore Roosevelt that reporting limitations were affecting public opinion in the United States, Williams stepped into the role.

In December 1915, Williams enlisted for service in the Irish Guards and Beach Thomas took his place as an accredited reporter in France. Williams was awarded the Military Cross as a soldier and wrote two autobiographical books about his war-time experiences. In the aftermath of war, he travelled widely as a reporter, covering events such as the Versailles Peace Conference and the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen, as well as events in America. Harold Nicolson met him in connection with events at Versailles and described in a diary entry that "He is far too intelligent to be employed by such a paper" (the Daily Mail). It was during this period that he began writing thrillers and around 1926 he gave up his post as Foreign Editor of the Daily Mail to pursue a full-time career as an author.

Williams was too old for active service at the outbreak of World War II. He joined the Secret Intelligence Service, vetting potential new recruits such as Malcolm Muggeridge and Kim Philby. He was transferred to the British Embassy in Washington in 1941 but soon after left for Hollywood, where he worked as a scriptwriter for Twentieth-Century Fox and Metro-Goldwyn Mayer.

Williams was married to Alice Crawford. He died in 1946."



Series Books
 
Clubfoot The Man With The Clubfoot (1918)
  The Return Of Clubfoot (1922)
  The Constantinople Courier (ss) (1923)
  The Adventure of the Top Flat (ss) (1923)
  The Ikon of Smolensk (ss) (1923)
  The Mystery of the Purple Cabriolet (ss) (1923)
  The House In Pimlico (ss) (1923)
  The Chamois Leather Packet (ss) (1923)
  Clubfoot The Avenger (1924)
  The Crouching Beast (1928)
  Disaster At The Inn (ss) (1931)
  The Secret Of The Dancer (ss) (1931)
  Two Strings To The Bow (ss) (1931)
  Miss Parritt Disappears (ss) (1931)
  The Man In The Hammam (ss) (1931)
  The Riddle Of Asta (ss) (1932)
  A Night In Agadir (ss) (1932)
  In The Shadow Of Sinn Fein (ss) (1932)
  Code K (ss) (1932)
  The Last Throw (ss) (1932)
  The Gold Comfit Box (1932)
  The Spider's Touch (1936)
  Courier To Marrakesh (1944)
 
Desmond Okewood The Man With The Clubfoot (1918)
  Okewood of the Secret Service (1919)
  The Mystery of the Missing Finger (ss) (1920)
  The Mystery of the Brown Leather Suit-Case (ss) (1920)
  The Medici Pearl (ss) (1921)
  The Return Of Clubfoot (1922)
  Clubfoot The Avenger (1924)
  The Fox Prowls (1939)
 
Other With Our Army in Flanders (1915)
  Adventures of an Ensign (1917)
  The Yellow Streak [Inspector Manderton] (1922)
  The Orange Divan [Inspector Manderton] (1923)
  The Three Of Clubs (1924)
  The Red Mass (1925)
  Mr. Ramosi (1926)
  The Key Man aka The Pigeon House (1926)
  The Eye in Attendance [Inspector Manderton] (1927)
  Mannequin aka The Mysterious Miss Morrisot (1930)
  The Knife Behind the Curtain (1930)
  Death Answers The Bell [Inspector Manderton] (1931)
  The Clock Ticks On [Sargent Trevor Dene] (1933)
  The Portculis Room (1934)
  Masks Off At Midnight [Sargent Trevor Dene] (1934)
  The Clue of the Rising Moon [Sargent Trevor Dene] (1935)
  Dead Man Manor [Horace B. Treadgold] (1936)
  The Curiosity of Mr. Treadgold aka Mr Threadgold Cuts In [Horace B. Treadgold] (1937)
  World of Action [NF] (1938)
  Double Death (1939)
  Skeleton Out of the Cupboard [Horace B. Treadgold] (1946)