Hilaire Belloc was born in France and educated at Newman’s Oratory School and at Balliol College, Oxford. From 1906 to 1910 he was Liberal MP for Salford and literary editor of the Morning Post. As well as writing books of verse and novels, he also wrote on religious, social and political topics.
THE HAUNTED HOUSE
Readers of “The Emerald of Catherine the Great” will not have to be told that Mr. Belloc’s mystery stories are written with suavity and originality and an eye for piquant situations. This new mystery tale is the story of “Rackham Catchings,” a manor house in Sussex belonging to an amiable but improvident squire, which in payment of a debt has come into the possession of his brother. How the squire’s son, John, is forced to earn his living as a ventriloquist in the music halls, how ventriloquism plus a headless ghost sends the household into a frenzy of excitement and fear, and how John succeeds in recovering his home and winning the girl he loves make a constantly unexpected and unusual story.
Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 28th September 2011
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RETURN TO THE BALTIC – Buy it here
Here, Belloc writes of a trip through Sweden and Denmark in 1938, a nostalgic trip taken forty-three years after his first Scandinavian trip in 1895. This volume includes Belloc’s history and topography of the area.
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury Reader
PUBLICATION DATE: 28th September 2011
JIM – Buy it here
Award-winning illustrator Mini Grey turns her inimitable hand to Hilaire Belloc’s classic cautionary tale of Jim: who ran away from his Nurse and was eaten by a Lion! First published in 1907, Belloc’s wickedly funny poem describing the sad end of Jim is now fabulously illustrated by Mini Grey for this extra-special new edition. This is a perfect gift with much to explore…
PUBLISHER: Jonathan Cape
PUBLICATION DATE: 1st October 2009
CAUTIONARY VERSES – Buy it here
PUBLICATION DATE: 7 Sep 1995
UK PUBLISHER: RANDOM HOUSE