The authorized biography of Sir James Barrie, Bart, O. M. (1860–1937), playwright and novelist. Best known as the author of Peter Pan, Barrie was born in Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland, educated at Edinburgh University, and initially worked as a journalist in England. His early books comprised novels and stories about Scottish provincial life, but from about 1900 his plays were international successes, especially Quality Street, The admirable Crichton, and, later, Dear Brutus.
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Two journalists, Peter Langley and James Vincent, are recuperating from winter colds at the Majestic Hotel in Newcliff-on-Sea one February when they get mixed up in a murder mystery: Peter is on the scene just after Howard Impey, theatrical impresario, is shot in Kenneth Paisley’s hotel room, the night before the opening of the latter’s new play starring the beautiful Anna Worthington. Peter is unimpressed with the police investigation, so he and James follow their own leads and uncover several vital clues, in which the police don’t seem to be very interested....
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When young John Ellery came to London to study architecture , he straightway fell in love. First of all, he fell in love with the colour and the line and the lovely old masonry of Chelbury Abbey and then quite shyly and confusedly with Penny herself. Penny Wick, Lady Penelope, if one must be so old-fashioned, lived with her father, the seventh earl, in a cottage near the Abbey and pined to get up to London and find a job. She belonged to England's aritocratic new poor and rather took the glories of her pleasant old Abbey.
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Miss Ursula Brett, known to her friends as Noodles, gets sent back to her seaside school by her miserly uncle after apparently encouraging improper advances from the persistent and slimy Mr Fitzgibbon. But her vivacious beauty and kind-heartedness lead her into further trouble and she runs away to join the seafront Pierrot players. Luckily, her brother (with his best friend 'Snubs'), her aunt Mrs Millet, and her uncle's neighbours Sylvia Shirley and Mrs Shirley, are all in Newcliff-on-Sea for the bank holiday weekend.
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