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P. J. DAVENANT

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Full Name: Philip John ("P.J.) Davenant
Nationality: British
Organization: British Intelligence
Occupation Part-Time Agent

Creator: Frederic Hamilton
Time Span: 1915 - 1923

ABOUT THE SERIES

Philip John 'P.J.' Davenant is an agent with British Intelligence.

He is also a teenager.

The period of time for the young man's adventures is shortly after the start of the Great War a year earlier.

According to one inciteful blurb about him, "P.J. is a Tonbridge schoolboy, sixteen years old and possessed of a Sherlockian genius for detective work, who helps to unmask and destroy a formidable confederacy of German spies known as the K.U.W. Of course, he is a super-boy. We cannot really believe in him, but that does not matter in the least. We love him and love to trace his likeness to his great prototype. ... He has a gift for minute observation and can look at a man for a minute and tell you about him; he knows Bradshaw (the train schedule) by hear and German perfectly; he has is intimately acquainted with the properties of explosives and chlorine gas; he has a proper and justifiable contempt for Scotland Yard, and finally, he is 'a proper master of his hands when he sees occasion for using them'."

It is mentioned in the early part of the very first recorded adventure that as he packed for a quick trip, he included his new safety razor, explaining that "P.J.'s cheeks, chin, and upper lip were still as smooth as an egg, the razor had hitherto reposed in uninterrupted peace in its case; but it unquestionably imparted an adult appearance to his dressing-table". The expression 'baby-face' comes to mind - "the boy's peculiarly innocent face was also an asset" we are told.

The asset is to Cyril Ambrose, a fellow who had recently become an Assistant Commissioner at Scotland Yard and whose talents bring him to the attention of the newly formed Intelligence department. He had met young Davenant a few months before and had "enlisted P.J.'s services as a volunteer in a complicated affair at Christmas" and had recognized the impressive skillset that the young man had as well as "the gift he had for rapidly adapting himself to new conditions". Since that time, Ambrose kept Davenant in mind for strange cases and considering the number of adventures that will ensue, he will make use of those talents a good deal.

The K.U.W. mentioned above stands for the Kaiserliche Ueberseeische Wacht, or Imperial Oversea Guard, and its one main area of attention is the British Isles where its operatives work to conduct sabotage and espionage. This group will prove the main, though not the only, adversary for Davenant during the first set of adventures. After that, the pool of enemies will grow considerably.

YOUNG ADULT BOOKS

Number of Books:6
First Appearance:1915
Last Appearance:1922

1 The Holiday Adventures of Mr. P. J. Davenant The Holiday Adventures of Mr. P. J. Davenant
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1915

A collection of four novelettes introducing and following the adventures of P.J. Davenant. These stories are:
The Bracing East Coast
In Kent
In the South
"K.U.W."

2 Some Further Adventures of Mr. P. J. Davenant Some Further Adventures of Mr. P. J. Davenant
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1915

A collection of five novelettes describing the adventures of P.J. Davenant. These stories are:
In Cornwall
In Devonshire
In London
In Sussex
In the North

3 The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

A collection of 24 short stories describing the adventures of P.J. Davenant. These stories are:
Afloat
Back to the Land
The Call of the Wild
A Change of Scene
Developments
The Downward Path
Elementary Education
Firearms
Lady Cynthia
The Lady from Cleveland, O.
Mainly Educational
Model Locomotives
Mr. Simmonds’ Week-End
A New Russian Singer
The New Year
On the Trail
The Squire of Wensbridge
The Stranger in Grey
Ted Simmonds Plays the Hand Alone
Ted the Tutor
Ulster Intervenes
A Visit to the Suburbs
What Model Locomotives Could Do
The Young Entry

3.5 Nine Holiday Adventures of Mr. P. J. Davenant Nine Holiday Adventures of Mr. P. J. Davenant
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

A re-collection of the four novelettes originally released in The Holiday Adventures of Mr. P. J. Davenant and the five which were in Some Further Adventures of Mr. P.J. Davenant. These stories are:
The Bracing East Coast
In Kent
In the South
"K.U.W."
In Cornwall
In Devonshire
In London
In Sussex
In the North

4 The Beginnings of Mr. P.J. Davenant The Beginnings of Mr. P.J. Davenant
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1917

A collection of 6 short stories continuing the adventures of P.J. Davenant. These stories are:
The Lady at Hampstead
A Display of Fireworks
The Mail Boat
Salisbury Plain
The Special Train
"This House to Let"

5 P.J., the Secret Service Boy P.J., the Secret Service Boy
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1922

A collection of 8 short stories continuing the adventures of P.J. Davenant. These stories are:
The Beginning
In Hertfordshire
In Kent
In Norfolk
In Sussex
In Wiltshire
The Lady from Cleveland, O.
The Man with the Squint

6 More About P.J., the Secret Service Boy More About P.J., the Secret Service Boy
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1922

A collection of 6 short stories continuing the adventures of P.J. Davenant. These stories are:
At Pangbourne
At School
H.M.S. Gannet
In Cornwall
In Devonshire
The Russian Prince

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:53
First Appearance:1915
Last Appearance:1923

1 The Bracing East Coast The Bracing East Coast
novelette
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1915

1st of 4 adventures contained in The Holiday Adventures of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

2 In Kent In Kent
novelette
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1915

2nd of 4 adventures contained in The Holiday Adventures of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

3 In the South In the South
novelette
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1915

3rd of 4 adventures contained in The Holiday Adventures of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

4 "K.U.W."
novelette
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1915

4th of 4 adventures contained in The Holiday Adventures of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

5 In Cornwall In Cornwall
novelette
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1915

1st of 5 adventures contained in Some Further Adventures of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

6 In Devonshire In Devonshire
novelette
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1915

2nd of 5 adventures contained in Some Further Adventures of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

7 In London In London
novelette
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1915

3rd of 5 adventures contained in Some Further Adventures of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

8 In Sussex In Sussex
novelette
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1915

4th of 5 adventures contained in Some Further Adventures of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

9 In the North In the North
novelette
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1915

5th of 5 adventures contained in Some Further Adventures of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

10 Afloat Afloat
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

1st of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

11 Back to the Land Back to the Land
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

2nd of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

12 The Call of the Wild The Call of the Wild
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

3rd of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

13 A Change of Scene A Change of Scene
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

4th of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

14 Developments Developments
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

5th of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

15 The Downward Path The Downward Path
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

6th of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

16 Elementary Education Elementary Education
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

7th of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

17 Firearms Firearms
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

8th of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

18 Lady Cynthia Lady Cynthia
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

9th of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

19 The Lady from Cleveland, O. The Lady from Cleveland, O.
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

10th of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

20 Mainly Educational Mainly Educational
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

11th of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

21 Model Locomotives Model Locomotives
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

12th of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

22 Mr. Simmonds’ Week-End Mr. Simmonds’ Week-End
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

13th of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

23 A New Russian Singer A New Russian Singer
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

14th of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

24 The New Year The New Year
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

15th of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

25 On the Trail On the Trail
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

16th of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

26 The Squire of Wensbridge The Squire of Wensbridge
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

17th of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

27 The Stranger in Grey The Stranger in Grey
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

18th of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

28 Ted Simmonds Plays the Hand Alone Ted Simmonds Plays the Hand Alone
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

19th of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

29 Ted the Tutor Ted the Tutor
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

20th of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

30 Ulster Intervenes Ulster Intervenes
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

21st of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

31 A Visit to the Suburbs A Visit to the Suburbs
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

22nd of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

32 What Model Locomotives Could Do What Model Locomotives Could Do
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

23rd of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

33 The Young Entry The Young Entry
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1916

24th of 24 adventures contained in The Education of Mr. P. J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

34 The Lady at Hampstead The Lady at Hampstead
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1917

1st of 6 adventures contained in The Beginnings of Mr. P.J. Davenant. First appeared in The Grand Magazine, June 1916.
[plot unknown]

35 A Display of Fireworks A Display of Fireworks
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1917

2nd of 6 adventures contained in The Beginnings of Mr. P.J. Davenant. First appeared in The Grand Magazine, July 1916.
[plot unknown]

36 The Mail Boat The Mail Boat
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1917

3rd of 6 adventures contained in The Beginnings of Mr. P.J. Davenant. First appeared in The Grand Magazine, September 1916.
[plot unknown]

37 Salisbury Plain Salisbury Plain
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1917

4th of 6 adventures contained in The Beginnings of Mr. P.J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

38 The Special Train The Special Train
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1917

5th of 6 adventures contained in The Beginnings of Mr. P.J. Davenant. First appeared in The Grand Magazine, August 1916.
[plot unknown]

39 "This House to Let"
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1917

6th of 6 adventures contained in The Beginnings of Mr. P.J. Davenant
[plot unknown]

40 The Beginning The Beginning
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1922

1st of 8 adventures contained in P.J., the Secret Service Boy
[plot unknown]

41 In Hertfordshire In Hertfordshire
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1922

2nd of 8 adventures contained in P.J., the Secret Service Boy
[plot unknown]

42 In Kent In Kent
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1922

3rd of 8 adventures contained in P.J., the Secret Service Boy
[plot unknown]

43 In Norfolk In Norfolk
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1922

4th of 8 adventures contained in P.J., the Secret Service Boy
[plot unknown]

44 In Sussex In Sussex
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1922

5th of 8 adventures contained in P.J., the Secret Service Boy
[plot unknown]

45 In Wiltshire In Wiltshire
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1922

6th of 8 adventures contained in P.J., the Secret Service Boy
[plot unknown]

46 The Lady from Cleveland, O. The Lady from Cleveland, O.
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1922

7th of 8 adventures contained in P.J., the Secret Service Boy
[plot unknown]

47 The Man with the Squint The Man with the Squint
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1922

8th of 8 adventures contained in P.J., the Secret Service Boy
[plot unknown]

48 At Pangbourne At Pangbourne
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1923

1st of 6 adventures contained in More About P.J., the Secret Service Boy
[plot unknown]

49 At School At School
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1923

2nd of 6 adventures contained in More About P.J., the Secret Service Boy
[plot unknown]

50 H.M.S. Gannet H.M.S. Gannet
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1923

3rd of 6 adventures contained in More About P.J., the Secret Service Boy
[plot unknown]

51 In Cornwall In Cornwall
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1923

4th of 6 adventures contained in More About P.J., the Secret Service Boy
[plot unknown]

52 In Devonshire In Devonshire
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1923

5th of 6 adventures contained in More About P.J., the Secret Service Boy
[plot unknown]

53 The Russian Prince The Russian Prince
short story
Written by Frederic Hamilton
Copyright: 1923

6th of 6 adventures contained in More About P.J., the Secret Service Boy
[plot unknown]

MY COMMENTS

This impressive collection of young adult short stories and novellas is impressive in its writing style. It is meant to hold the attention of young readers and it is also capable of entertaining much, much older folk like myself. 

A steady diet of these tales would not be that enjoyable but the joy and convenience of the lengths allows the reader to read one and then come back for another in a day or two.

The P. J. Davenant tales are interesting enough to see why after releasing a volume of them, the author was enticed to come up with more to make another volume, and then more and more.

GRADE

My Grade: B-

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