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Cradle of Writers by Patrick Humphries
Celebrating OA authors: AEW Mason's The Four Feathers has been filmed a record seven times; PG Wodehouse remains the pre-eminent writer of comic prose; Raymond Chandler created the archetypal private eye, Philip Marlowe; Dennis Wheatley's thrillers sold in large numbers; and CS Forester conceived Hornblower and wrote the Oscar-winning The African Queen. The afterword by Dr Spence reflects on extant OA novelists, including Michael Ondaatje, Graham Swift, Tom McCarthy and Tom Rob Smith.